Most police officers are tested for drugs when they're first recruited or apply for law enforcement jobs.
State Police Lt. Paul Vance says commanders in his department do have authority under existing labor agreements to order individual drug tests for "reasonable suspicion" but that random drug testing isn't allowed.
Douglas Fuchs is president of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association and chief of Redding's department. "I have never known any police officer to be on performance-enhancing drugs," says Fuchs, a law-enforcement officer since 1986.
He points out that cops "see every single day the effect of substance abuse on the human body" and Fuchs believes that's a hell of a deterrent to using crap like steroids. (Of course, cops also see what alcohol abuse can do and that hasn't prevented booze from being a major, long-running problem for stressed-out police across the nation.)
Dargan says that, now he's aware of cop-steroid problems in other states, he'd like to find out more about it. "We don't want our police using illegal drugs of any type," he says.
More importantly, according to Dargan, he wants to talk to experts in order to find out if Connecticut police are at risk from steroid abuse.
"They have the most difficult job you can imagine," says Dargan. "We as a state need to help and protect our front-line guys."