As I read this mornings (Feb. 17) edition of the Herald Democrat I was rather appalled at the article saying that the city of Sherman had decided to amend it’s hiring policies for police officers. The article stated that the policy on prior marijuana use was to be amended to allow hiring of officers if they could pass a polygraph test confirming they have not used the drug within the past two years.

As I read this mornings (Feb. 17) edition of the Herald Democrat I was rather appalled at the article saying that the city of Sherman had decided to amend it’s hiring policies for police officers. The article stated that the policy on prior marijuana use was to be amended to allow hiring of officers if they could pass a polygraph test confirming they have not used the drug within the past two years.


Prior to this the article stated that anyone who had smoked pot 21 times in their lifetime was disqualified from hiring. This would seem to me an oxymoron that allows the police officers to be hired to associate with a criminal element in buying the marijuana in the past, and I believe that marijuana use or sale is still illegal in the state of Texas.


Thus these officers have used a gateway drug that has been proven to possibly lead to other, more potent illegal drugs in the future. Having been a drug councilor and being educated on this subject, I believe that you have let a rat in the hen house. It certainly does not promote respect in my eyes whether or not they have passed a polygraph test or not.


Joe Fitzsimmons


Sherman