Newsbrief: Waco Police Department Goes Easier on Applicants with Past Marijuana Use History 9/20/02

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A Waco, Texas, police department policy that disqualified potential officers if they had used marijuana more than 50 times was costing the department good men and women who went on to have successful law enforcement careers with other agencies, Police Chief Alberto Melis said, so they threw it out. According to an Associated Press dispatch this week, the department will now only reject candidates who admit to having smoked in the past two years.

Melis called the policy change a sign of the times, noting that the Waco policy was still more restrictive than those of many big city police departments, but some of the rank and file were grumbling. "I guess what they are telling us is that it is OK to be a drug addict," said one officer who refused to give his name. "There are just a whole lot of us who have been here a long time who don't think the department should lower its standards on any level, especially on drugs."

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