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While insisting the department has no suspicion any of its own are using or possessing drugs, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department has begun testing its employees for them. Lieutenant Rob Kittle said such screenings are becoming common among law enforcement agencies across the country.
“We just felt like it was the right time for the sheriff’s office to move forward with this, and unfortunately it’s a sign of our times,” Kittle said. “We want to hold our folks to the highest standard and we’re committed to public safety and we certainly need to live by that standard.”
Kittle said testing is random.
“We select our employees by their employee number and that order is determined at the beginning of the year. And throughout the year we will test up to 25 percent of all our employees here at the sheriff’s office.”
The tests, which cost between $25 and $27 each, are paid for out of the department’s budget. The department tests two to three employees per month at a total cost of approximately $1,000 per year.