GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is renewing an old policy – random drug-testing for its employees.
Sheriff Mike Shepherd stumbled across the policy in recent months while going through department paperwork. The policy was put into place by former Sheriff Nick Gulling, who retired in 2006, but it hasn’t been in practice for several years.
“No one can really remember when it was, when it wasn’t,” Shepherd said. “I don’t think anybody can really recall why it stopped.”
The drug tests served a dual purpose: first, to keep officers accountable; and second, to help law enforcement officers serve as role models in the community.
Gulling said at the time he created the policy, law enforcement was cracking down on drug users, and Gulling wanted the community to have faith that the officers making drug arrests were clean.