Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Breach of Data Protection Law

Breaches of Data Protection Act

On 19th July 2008 at Norfolk Magistrates Court , Andrew Broom,  aged 43, a Norfolk police officer, pleaded guilty to obtaining personal information from the police database and harassing a woman .

The victim cannot be named for legal reasons

Broom, who until now had been remanded in custody was granted bail following the guilty plea, and will face sentencing on July 25 2008. Andrew Broom admitted three offences of breaching the Data Protection Act by obtaining personal information, and pleased guilty to putting a person in fear of violence by harassment.

Andrew Broom had, allegedly,  served in the Norfolk Constabulary with distinction prior to these instances . In 1999, he received a commendation from former chief constable Ken Williams for his part in breaking up a drugs operation in Norwich; more recently he had worked in Norfolk’s tactical crime unit.

Interesting, Broom had been originally charged for 5 counts of rape , assault and threatening behavior relating to a woman, and the police stated, very clearly, that ‘none of the offences alleged by the woman were linked to Mr Broom’s role as a police officer, but it has now become clear that information in relation to the stalking, and threats had been obtained from the police database.

This incident follows on from another police officer breaching the data protection laws.

These two incidents are just just part of a long line of blunders, relating to dat and governmetn bodies. With documents relating to “terrorism” files being left on a train, and rogue CCTV operators videoing people in their homes, and the catastrophic lost records by HM Customs.

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