BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Neither the Bakersfield Police Department nor the Kern County Sheriff's Office conducts random drug testing.
In light of recent arrests of officers for drug use, Eyewitness News asked the departments if they would enact random testing policies.
Eyewitness News also asked local lawmakers their thoughts on the topic. Sen. Michael Rubio and Sen. Jean Fuller didn't respond by the time of this posting.
Q: Would you be in favor of making random drug testing of peace officers a law in California?
Assemblywoman Shannon Grove: "I could support random drug testing for peace officers. Their job involves carrying and often using a weapon, driving at very high speeds, and instant analysis and sound judgment in extremely dangerous situations to protect our citizens. ... I would introduce such a measure or encourage members who serve on the appropriate Assembly committee to do the same."
Assemblyman David Valadao: "Instead of looking for ways to spend taxpayer money we do not have, we should be looking for ways to help the private sector create jobs and secure water resources. I would support random drug testing for those who receive government assistance long before I would support random drug testing for those who work to keep our streets safe."
Gov. Jerry Brown (via spokeswoman Elizabeth Ashford): "No comment."