Police Policy

The Police Force has duty of care to its employees to maintain a safe place of work and to provide to the community a comprehensive policing service, which is free of alcohol and other drug abuse.

Professional and confidential counselling services within the Police Force are provided for officers experiencing substance abuse problems, and to help their families. However, if your addiction requires quick intervention, external options may need to be considered.

Random drug and alcohol testing

Random, target and testing for police officers is mandatory and is part of the drug and alcohol state policy. This is part of the duty of care to all employees, and a commitment to the Police Force. Positive results are followed with counselling, rehabilitation or disciplinary action at the discretion of the Commissioner.

Detoxing outside

Privacy is vital for members. Should a Police Officer require specialised intervention for addiction other than in-house counselling, finding suitable private rehabilitation outside the Police Force may be necessary. Choosing a drug and alcohol withdrawal centre that values professional confidentiality is important. Public community services for detox and rehab may not be suitable for Police Officers. A small and discreet independent service can offer members 100% confidentiality to protect client identity.

Confidential Detoxing

Detoxing is a very difficult task on your own, even with the support of counselling services. Sydney Detox and Rehab Services offers confidential and discreet private detox and rehab programs for police officers looking to preserve their identity. This is retreat-style accommodation with 24-hour medical staff plus a high level of personal care and comfort. This facility allows you to safely withdraw from substance use, but it feels like you’re on a holiday.

You can also enjoy a range of therapies during your program such as daily massage, fitness training, martial arts, acupuncture, yoga, surfing and beach walking. A chef prepares your meals to keep you in shape, and individual food preferences are catered for.

Medical withdrawal

We have a doctor who prescribes medication during your withdrawal to minimise the side-effects of detoxing. We have experienced nursing staff to make sure you remain safe and comfortable through your process. Trained addiction counsellors are available everyday who understand each step you need to take, so you are not alone.

Rehab phase

Once your withdrawal phase is complete, you can continue on to your rehabilitation phase onsite, where daily professional counselling is offered to prevent relapsing when you return home.

A medical detox is usually 7-14 days, depending on the substance. The rehab phase for treatment can be anywhere between 14-90 days. For permanent results, the longer the better. It takes time to come to terms with the deeper reasons behind addiction, and to identify underlying emotional and mental triggers.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) lies beneath many addiction clients. This is a complex diagnosis, which may go undetected among police officers. Recognising the signs is not always possible while using alcohol and drugs. Your rehab phase may indicate that PTSD is a driver of your addiction. With staff trained in trauma, you can get a proper diagnosis with a treatment plan before you complete your program.


This is a private independent service not connected to any hospital or medical facility. It is a paper-only business, with no digital identity footprint, so you are guaranteed anonymity during your stay. You are even offered your file to take home with you.

For enquiries and bookings, please call (02) 9400 2384.

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