Arbitration hearings continue between the City of Yakima and Police Union
YAKIMA, Wash -- Arbitration hearings continue between the City of Yakima and the Police Union. The union is fighting a city plan to randomly test 25% of all police officers each year.
Currently, only officers suspected of drug use can be tested. The new policy would change that.
Wednesday, the city presented evidence of two officers who abused drugs while on the force. Yakima City Manager Dick Zais doesn't think there is a pervasive drug problem in the Police Department, but thinks a random drug test is a better safeguard for the city.
"We have had a couple of cases that have given us a heightened sense of awareness and concern about this problem," said Zais, "and the current policy is not working in our judgement."
The hearings were expected to wrap up Wednesday, but could continue until Thursday.