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Mandatory random drug testing for all Durham Police Department employees will begin within a month, Police Chief Trevor Hampton said.

Hampton said he will be tested first, along with any other Police Department top commanders who volunteer.``Already, we have been, in the past year and a half, testing all sworn police officer applicants, and I'm expanding that to cover everyone in this department, including the chief of police on down,' Hampton said.

Hampton said the reasons for the expanded testing are to maintain the department's credibility in the eyes of the public and to take a lead in encouraging more drug testing in the private sector.


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