06/02/2006

N.Y. police tighten limits on drinking

Copyright 2006 The Hearst Corporation

Ban on consumption of alcohol within eight hours of shift follows detective's fatal crash
 
By BRENDAN J. LYONS
The Times Union (Albany, New York)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Albany police officers will be prohibited from consuming alcohol within eight hours of reporting for duty under a new policy that is being enacted after the recent fatal crash of an on-duty detective. The new measure, which stands as one of the strictest in the state for a local police force, will replace an arguably vague policy that allowed officers to come to work with alcohol in their system, as long as they were not impaired or intoxicated to the extent that it left them "unfit for duty."

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