Crime & Public Safety


Steroid testing for state police?

Nov 09, 2017

Rep. J.R. Hoell is sponsoring a 2018 bill that would require random testing of state police officers for steroid use. Rep. Hoell sponsored a similar bill in 2016, which would have required steroid testing for many different law enforcement officers, including state corrections officers and probation-parole officers. The House killed that bill. Read more about this issue

Should NH randomly test state police officers for steroid use?

Discussion held on Citizens Count NH website and Facebook page November 9, 2017

155 citizens responded106 citizens were in favor of police steroid testing31 citizens were opposed to police steroid testing18 citizens said other

What Participants Said

Yes: 106 citizens were in favor of randomly testing state police for steroid use.

  • “All law enforcement officers should be randomly drug tested for steroids.”
  • “They should drug tested for everything just like you and me.”
  • “Yes only because anyone in a position of power, who carries a gun, has to be drug free, unless it's a prescribed drug such as insulin.”

No: 31 citizens were against randomly testing state police for steroid use.

  • “No. I think we should trust them to serve and protect.”
  • “Does not seem like it's a problem, and I don't think that's a good use of resources.”
  • “No. Does no harm. No mind altering affects.”

Other: 18 citizens addressed their comments to related questions and issues.
These included:  

  • Current policy: “Are they not already being drug tested?”
  • Drug tests for others: “They should test all elected officials.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

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Related Bill

HB 1482 (2018)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Jan 23, 2018

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