Drug Testing in Law Enforcement Agencies: Social Control in the Public Sector

Drug Testing in Law Enforcement Agencies: Social Control in the Public Sector
James R. Brunet
October 2004

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-067-6 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 190 pages

Price   $55.00

Description

Drug testing has become an increasingly important part of the public sector workplace. For law enforcement officers, courts have granted government employers wide discretion in choosing a drug testing strategy. Brunet seeks to understand what leads one law enforcement agency to adopt a more rigorous testing program while another abstains from testing workers altogether. An emerging literature on drug testing as a mechanism of social control provides the theoretical base. An analysis of a sample of law enforcement agencies finds evidence that social distance within police organizations, the social status of officers, and the influence of third parties play significant roles in shaping a departmentÕs drug testing policy.

About the Author

James R. Brunet is an extension assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at North Carolina State University, from which he earned his Ph.D. in 2003. His research interests cover the administration of justice in America and the foundations of public administration.