Arlington PD Should Probably Start Testing its Officers for Steroids

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Update: Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson agrees.

Original post: There were a lot of surprising details that emerged as the feds were filing criminal charges against Arlington police officer Thomas Kantzos. There was the casual way Kantzos tipped off his steroid dealer, scuttling another agency's investigation, and the detail about him allegedly taking delivery of a drug shipment in his squad car, while he was on duty. There was the death of David Vo, the 34-year-old who shot himself near his home as the FBI closed in.

But there are bad apples and suicides everywhere. What was more shocking was just how many of Arlington's finest are allegedly doing steroids.

Yesterday's criminal complaint doesn't give any hard numbers, but it does say, almost in passing, that Kantzos was supplying several colleagues and that several more were buying the drugs from dealers of their own. The impression, which is inescapable, is that steroid use -- which is illegal, last we checked -- is rampant in the Arlington PD.

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Thomas Kantzos, Arlington Cop and Alleged Steroid Junky, Charged With Tipping Off His Dealer

Maybe that revelation shouldn't have come as such a surprise. Grits for Breakfast points out today that Arlington has a history with the drug. One officer who was fired from the department after getting caught with steroids following a domestic dispute was reinstated after an arbitrator ruled in her favor.

Then there was a case in which a Plano dealer admitted to selling product to officers in five North Texas cities, including Dallas and Arlington, before winding up murdered. There's also plenty of evidence to suggest that law enforcement officers in general are prone to steroid use.

"Given that record, perhaps it's time for Arlington PD to begin immediate, comprehensive steroid testing of its police officers," Grits writes. "These episodes keep cropping up over and over. Why not react more aggressively?"

It's a good question.

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He didn't quite agree. He called for expanding a random program instead of "immediate comprehensive testing." Given the scope of their problem IMO every officer should be tested once ASAP as a baseline. Do random testing after that, but in the near-term try to get hold of the problem.

Also what kind of program did they have before if they must "expand" it to include uniformed officers now? How were these guys not covered by a random testing program in the past? Doesn't quite make sense.


"that Kantzos was supplying several colleagues and that several more were buying the drugs from dealers of their own. ... -- is rampant in the Arlington PD."

Several and several?  OMG, there may be almost 10 steroid users!  Rampant use!

In other words, they have no idea how widespread steroid use is within the department.  And they probably will take limited action to find out.


No wonder Arlington PD can never solve a murder case. Its officers are running around in a 'roid rage.


Why not react more aggressively? ? Because that would violate the Blue omerta/good ole boy creed. And involve actual police work, not just showin g up for car accidents.

Proof that Power Corrupts.

observist topcommenter

Steroids are endemic in the offensive-line-to-thin-blue-line pipeline. 


@observist Well, at least they're doing something that causes irrational violence, not something evil like mushrooms. I saw on the TV where mushrooms can make you listen to Atom Heart Mother! 

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