02/10/2010

Chicago police face strict alcohol-testing rule

Policy doesn't permit drinking 4 hours before duty

By Fran Spielman
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — Chicago Police lieutenants and captains would face random alcohol testing at any time, mandatory drug and alcohol testing whenever they fire their weapons and be prohibited from drinking four hours before duty, under contracts ratified Monday by a joint City Council committee.

Some aldermen expressed concern that City Hall may be overreacting to high-profile incidents involving officers and alcohol.

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