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JPD Officer Fired after Failing Drug Test

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

A Jackson Police officer is out of a job after he failed a drug test.

Probationary Police Officer Joe Allen was fired from the Jackson Police Department after receiving a positive result from a random drug screening.

Last year, the Jackson City council members unanimously adopted a zero-tolerance drug-free workplace policy at a regular council meeting in November.

The policy states that a confirmed positive test results of a current employee will result in immediate termination of employment with the city.

Allen had been employed with the Jackson Police Department since December 2010. He is the first employee who has tested positive on a random drug screening since the inception of the zero tolerance policy.

"If they are tested in a random testing situation, if they test positive for drugs then it's automatic termination and they all know that,"
said Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist.

Allen had been employed with the Jackson Police Department since December 2010.

A review of his personnel records showed one, 10-day suspension. In November of last year when he failed to stop at an intersection while responding to a call and caused a wreck.
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