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The prevalence of workplace substance abuse testing and factors that influence policy in medium and large Illinois municipal police agencies


2004 2004

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This research examined the prevalence of medium and large Illinois municipal police agencies' participation in workplace drug abuse and alcohol testing, the types of testing policies, and the factors that influenced such policies. Although drug testing in the workplace is a growing workplace organization concern, there are few data on municipal police workplace drug testing. Of 172 Illinois municipal police agencies surveyed, 128 (74%) responded. One hundred twelve (97.4%) of the respondent agencies conduct preemployment testing. Postemployment substance abuse testing policies rely heavily on for-cause testing (93%). Municipal police agency leaders cited their leadership role as the most prevalent factor (74.8%) in implementing drug and/or alcohol testing policies. Respondents identified collective bargaining (61.5%) as the most prevalent factor associated with the absence of drug or alcohol testing. A comparative analysis was conducted to examine testing policies and policy factor relationships between medium and large agencies. There was no statistically significant relationship when analyzing factors influencing policy presence using chi-square, although there were similarities in the descriptive statistics. The research indicates that most large and medium agencies have deployed some form of preemployment drug or alcohol testing. However, the results suggest a greater need to examine the use of and perhaps deployment of postemployment testing instead of relying on observation or reported incidents.

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Subject
Management;
Public administration;
Criminology
Classification
0454: Management
0617: Public administration
0627: Criminology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Illinois; Municipal police agencies; Substance abuse testing; Workplace
Title
The prevalence of workplace substance abuse testing and factors that influence policy in medium and large Illinois municipal police agencies
Author
Henson, Ronald E.
Number of pages
116
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0543
Source
DAI-A 65/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496116096, 0496116096
Advisor
Steeves, William
University/institution
Walden University
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3151486
ProQuest document ID
305074939
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305074939
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