Below are examples of the police misusing data. While the list is, thankfully, small, two things must be remembered:
Firstly the list only contains examples of police misusing data AND getting caught AND being arrested/convicted AND it being reported AND it being based in the UK AND being listed on this site – this is a is a very limiting Boolean statement.
Secondly, the intent is not to show that the police are 100% corrupt, or imply that they are all taking backhanders, the list merely shows that these incidents occur and that data is not 100% safe with any organization. People are faliable and make errors, both in data handling and in judgment.
Examples of Police Data Misuse in the UK
- In May 2009 a PCSO was convicted of misusing the Police National Computer
- In January 2009 the ex-Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire police, Andy Brown was arrested for breach of the data protection act. Though this was a very minor case.
- In 2008 Police Officer Amerdeep Singh Johal was sentenced to 6 years in jail for blackmail by using the Police National Computer and Intelligence Database
- PC Robert Anderson from Central Scotland Police accessed the police database for his own purpose.
- A police officer used information to harass and intimidate an innocent woman
- A police officer accessed the criminal records database to gain information about his partners’ family.
- In 2004 police were involved in illegal phone tapes.
- In 2002 a WPC used police databases to trace a woman she believed was having an affair with her husband
- In 2004 police worker, Leanne Thomas looked up the police records of her “friends”, on the Police National Computer (PNC).