A constable has resigned after he accessed confidential police computer records
Last July the Gloucestershire Constabulary discovered that the constable had been regularly looking database information for no valid reason.
A Gloucestershire police spokesman said that the force accepted the officer's misconduct was “out of curiosity and not for personal gain”, but that the searches were a misuse of police resources and a breach of data protection rules.
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"The officer was subject to an investigation of gross misconduct, but gave notice to resign ahead of its conclusion, detailing exceptional circumstances," she said.
"The constabulary strives to protect the private data of individuals. Officers – both established and those going through training – are regularly reminded to make only legitimate use of work access to not just force databases, but the internet and other systems."
A spokesman said the force accepted the officer's misconduct was 'out of curiosity'
The spokesman added the vast majority of times the computer was accessed there multiple viewings of the same records, with each click constituting a breach.
While these were serious matters they have all been dealt with firmly
"These misconduct outcomes are published on our website and most misconduct hearings for officers are now held in public at police headquarters.
"While these were serious matters they have all been dealt with firmly using established internal processes and we publish the results to be open and transparent.
The policeman gave his notice before the conlusion of an investigation of gross misconduct
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"Ultimately we think that publishing the outcomes improves our legitimacy and should give people confidence in us.
"We have a professional standards department and an anti-corruption unit to identify wrongdoing in the organisation and actively encourage the public and staff to report concerns to us."
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