Frontline Police Staff To Trial New Real-time Drug Screening Service
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Posted July 31, 2020
Police and ESR have announced the development of a drug-screening solution which allows frontline officers to carry out real-time testing of drugs including methamphetamine using a handheld device.
In a world-leading initiative for law enforcement, NZ Police have collaborated with ESR in trialling the Lumi Drug Scan service which has enabled officers to test for the most common drugs on the streets using a handheld device, and receive almost instant results through their work-issued mobile phone.
The drug screening service can test for methamphetamine, MDMA and cocaine - three of the most common and harmful drugs on the New Zealand market.
One of the biggest advantages of the Lumi Drug Scan service is that, unlike the current field testing kit, the device can screen through packaging, meaning that officers will not have to open the bags of drugs they seize to test them and won’t be at risk of being exposed to the substances inside the package.
The results from the Lumi Drug Screen service will not be evidential and drugs screened will still need to be sent to ESR for a full chemical analysis if required for Court.
However it’s hoped the real-time information provided by the service will better inform officers at the scene.
This will give them a fuller picture around the circumstances of the incident they are dealing with and to use this information to decide what steps to take next.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Investigations - Mike Johnson says a number of devices will be trialled for six months across Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, in Canterbury and Central Districts.