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Alcohol and Drug Policy Letter

This commander’s policy letter establishes the alcohol policy for this command. This commander’s policy letter will be reviewed quarterly

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1. SCOPE: This commander’s policy letter establishes the alcohol policy for this command. This commander’s policy letter will be reviewed quarterly.

2. APPLICABILITY: This commander’s policy letter applies to all members assigned or attached to Task Force Empire Shield.


a. SoNY Domestic Emergency Standard Operating Procedures – New York dated 29 April 2003.

b. New York State Criminal Procedure Law


d. McKinney’s Consolidated Military Law

e. DMNA REG 27-2

f. AR 600-85

g. ANGR 30-2

h. DMNA PAM 690-8


a. Substance abuse. Is defined as the misuse of alcohol products, no matter the quantity, that causes a negative or perceived negative impression.

b. Excessive drinking. Is defined as an unreasonably amount of alcohol consumed, that implies excessiveness resulting from a lack of restraint and or prudence.

c. Illegal drugs. Any substance which when ingested, inhaled, or consumed alters or impairs performance of duty that is not prescribed by medical professional or obtainable for legal sale.

5. PURPOSE: This policy letter addresses the subject of this command’s alcohol and drug policy for all members assigned or attached to Task Force Empire Shield.


a. TFES Commander. TFES Commander will establish an alcohol/drug policy that applies to all members while assigned to or attached to TFES.

b. Team Commanders. Team Commanders will understand and implement this policy. If Team Commanders change said policy it was be published in writing and TFES Commander will be notified of change.

c. Individual Members. Individual members will understand and adhere to this policy.


a. The goal of this command is to provide well-trained, physically fit and mentally alert members that can successfully accomplish their assigned duty. Members that abuse drugs and alcohol will negatively impact on the successful attainment of this objective. Specifically abusers effect morale, cohesion, performance and unit readiness. Their actions could result in serious injury to civilians, other members and or to themselves. Therefore drug and alcohol abuse will not be tolerated by this command.

b. Members will not consume alcohol under the following conditions:

1. If the member is under the age of 21.

2. Within 12 hours of reporting for duty or while on duty.

3. While in uniform.

4. When the mission requirements dictate.

5. Within 12 hours of operating a motor vehicle or while operating a motor vehicle.

6. When restricted by the commander

c. Substance abuse or excessive drinking is considered conduct unbecoming. Members who violate this policy will be dismissed from Homeland Security duty and subject to disciplinary action.

d. Any complaint or incident found involving substance abuse will result in the above actions.

e. Procession, use, or sales of illegal drugs or misuse of prescription drugs are not tolerated by the TAG-NY-DMNA. The TF will enforce to the TAG’s policy. Those personnel in violation of the TAG’s drug policy will face a separation board at DMNA, and the TF will adhere to the decisions of the board. Prior to the finding of the separation board with members MACOM’s concurrence the TF Commander may allow the member to remain on duty, but will not allow member to draw a weapon or man a security post. Only the TF commander can restore the member to full duty after a decision by the separation board to retain the member and the commander is satisfied with the progress/completion of member’s rehabilitation.

f. Any members taking prescription medication will provide the prescription and written side effects to the OIC prior to drawing a weapon or manning a post. OIC will notify EOC if the written side effects of the prescription may impair member’s ability to perform duty. Military medical personnel will recommend to TF Commander any restrictions on duties due to member’s medical condition or prescription. EOC will notify OIC of TF commander’s restrictions for member or clearance by military medical personnel for full duty.

g. Team OIC’s will insure all personnel participate in unannounced drug test upon deployment and annually. OIC may request to have a team unannounced drug test with the Counter Drug Program. POC TF S1 – CPT Humphrey (315) 438-3023

h. TF members will not condone any violation of this policy. Violations of this policy will be forwarded through chain of command.

8. DISSEMINATION: A copy of this commander’s policy letter will be maintained at every headquarters assigned or attached to Task Force Empire Shield.








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