Police Union wins battle with City of Yakima over drug testing
Yakima, WA - A long battle over random drug testing ends with a victory for Yakima Police Officers.
An arbitrator rejects the city's plan after deliberating for more than five months.
Arbitrator Mike Beck says the city already had a strong *reasonable suspicion program* in place and it failed to prove there was any need for random testing at the Yakima Police Department.
Union President Bob Hester says the ruling wasn't a surprise to him.
"We've always had a department that has not been in the bad light, until all of this and the city basically refused to say that we have a drug testing policy already in place that was working," says Hester.
This was binding arbitration and there was no word yet from the city if it plans to appeal, or even has the legal right to.