A Federal Drug Enforcement Administration handout aimed at law enforcement warns of steroid use, and calls police steroid use a growing and dangerous problem. The DEA brochure points to ex-TPD Officer Matthew Campbell, now in federal prison for taking ecstasy pills from an impounded car and trading them for steroids.
Why do cops 'roid up? for some obvious reasons -- to bulk-up for one.
Rod Reder, a retired Sheriff's Captain, said "police officers, they feel like they need to bulk up more and be stronger. The criminals we are fighting with physically on the streets are stronger, they're fast, and they're agile."
Here is one example of the juice, possibly juicing up the cops:
Steroids emerged as a factor in the independent investigation of jail deputy abuse claims at the Hillsborough County jail when FOX 13 put the question to the man leading the probe: former FDLE Assistant Commissioner Dr. Jim Sewell.
Sewell told FOX 13, "There is a professional concern in all agencies right now about the use of steroids and the impact of those steroids and its use on the way they do business. So as we look at it, that will be one of the questions we will ask."
Attorney John Trevena represents five of the seven former inmates claiming abuse.
Trevena said of the steroid issue, "We all know that steroid use can cause aggression and that might explain why there's a pattern of this kind of behavior at the jail."
Do police officers in Tamps see a 'roid problem? Some do, some don't:
No one in either the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office or the Tampa Police Department would talk about steroids for the record, but a number of officers off the record insisted use is not widespread.
"It's just too obvious to get away with it," said one veteran.
Reder, now a law enforcement consultant, disagrees.
<"Somebody on steroids doesn't have to be bulked up Jose Conseco style. They could just be medium build, still taking them, but it's the internal strength that they're gaining, and so there may not be outward signs and that's why random drug testing is going to help."
Reder says law enforcement could eliminate questions about steroid use by doing what professional sports did not do: serious random testing.
A survey of the popular press indicated police across the country are getting busted for 'roiding. This doesn't appear to be an isolated event. Here is another Tampa steroid bust.