Orangeville Police Service (OPS) will use a roadside device that detects cannabis in a person’s body.
Chief Wayne Kalinski’s decision to equip his staff with the device comes despite concerns with its accuracy, how it is used and the cost.
The Drager DrugTest 5000 is being used in more than 40 countries and the federal government has made it available in Canada for when recreation cannabis becomes legal on October 17.
Concerns with the device include the amount of false-positive or false-negative results and that it only works in temperatures between 4 and 40 Celsius.
Chief Kalinski says officers will still use their drug recognition training to detect drug-impairment.
The cost of the device is $6,000, which is another reason why some police departments have said they won’t be purchasing it, but not OPS.