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Since 2016, the department has instead waited days or weeks for test results to Canada Goose Coats On Sale come back from a lab while suspected drug offenders remain canada goose uk outlet at large, sometimes hiding from police before they can come back with an arrest warrant, Irwin said.

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cheap Canada Goose But some officers have questioned the risk of such action. Hours after Irwin sent a June 20 email recommending the renewed testing, Sgt. Joey Seeley urged him to reconsider the policy. cheap Canada Goose

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Canada Goose Jackets In an interview, he suggested that officers could perform the tests at the police station, wearing protective gear and near naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote. That is a recommendation he made in the policy he emailed to officers late last month, but that uk canada goose policy also notes that it may be necessary to perform tests in the open air with the caution that “extreme care should be taken cheap Canada Goose in windy or otherwise adverse conditions.” Canada Goose Jackets

canada goose coats on sale He echoed Puckett, saying it would be cost prohibitive to follow suit with larger departments like Portland and Bangor, and purchase a “TruNarc” analyzer, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. The device field tests drugs using a laser and does not involve removing powders from a package. canada goose coats on sale

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Most officers in the department are behind him. “Glad to see we are going back to taking care of business on scene, not when it’s more cheap canada goose uk convenient for the suspect!” one officer wrote him in an email. But Seeley and Kelly are not in support of the measure, he canada goose uk black friday said.

canada goose black friday sale “Yes, we learn by our canada goose coats unfortunate (sometimes lethal) mistakes and, agreeably, it’s why we do particular tasks a certain way,” Kelly wrote canada goose clearance in an email, citing a list of other departments that have done away with the pouches, and pointing out their flaws, such as false positives. “Bottom uk canada goose outlet line, my (probably unpopular) analogy of field testing any unknown drug/narcotic is like clearing a weapon by putting Canada Goose Parka it to your head and pulling the trigger (that is why we don’t do it that way).” canada goose black friday sale.