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Police (Testing for Substance Misuse) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Police Officers (Full-Time) in the Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve

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8.—(1) The Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve (Full-time) (Appointment and Conditions of Service) Regulations 1996(1) shall be amended as follows.

(2) After regulation 16 insert—

Testing for evidence of drugs and alcohol

16A.(1) The Chief Constable may require any member to give a sample of saliva, urine, blood, or hair (other than pubic hair) to be tested for evidence of controlled drugs in accordance with procedures determined by the Secretary of State.

(2) The Chief Constable may require any member to give a sample of breath to be tested for evidence of alcohol in accordance with procedures determined by the Secretary of State.

(3) A member who—

(a)fails to give a sample under paragraph (1) or (2), or

(b)on giving a sample under paragraph (1) is found to have taken a controlled drug, or

(c)on giving a sample under paragraph (2), is found to have more than 13 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath,

shall face such consequences as are specified in a determination of the Secretary of State.

(4) A determination under paragraph (1), (2) or (3) may make different provision for different cases and circumstances.

(5) In this regulation “controlled drug” has the same meaning as in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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