Met chief calls for drug tests for millions of workers

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. Credit: Reuters

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for mandatory drug testing to be introduced into work places across the UK, in an effort to curb demand for illegal substances.

Speaking to the all-party parliamentary group on cannabis and children, he said drug testing and the fear of losing their job would act as a deterrent for many, according to the Daily Mail.

"It seems to me we have got to plant in people’s minds something to affect the demand as well as supply. You can think of many occupations where if you were working with a colleague you would want to be sure in fact that they were drug free.’

Sir Hogan-Howe said "all occupations" should be tested, but stipulated the particular need for teachers, intensive care nurses and transport staff to be drug-free.

Employers would not have to tell police, he said, but workers would "suffer consequences" about their employment should they refuse help.