Seen Elsewhere – From the Star

Police disciplined for ‘snooping’ in confidential files

editorial imageRobust stance: Deputy Chief Constable Bob Dyson.
Published on Saturday 9 July 2011 11:07

A TOTAL of 44 South Yorkshire Police officers and workers have been disciplined for breaching their access rights to confidential databases, writes crime reporter Claire Lewis. To read the full article, click here.

In the light of recent stories featuring Police, corrupted by journalists and private investigators, this story may yet not be complete or the Police’s actions so far, adequate to the circumstances!

This widespread and systematic casual abuse is an outrage and leaves all citizens feeling potentially vulnerable! This was not just ‘snooping’ but in each case criminal offences were undoubtedly committed and appear to be going inadequately punished!

The catastrophic loss of confidence in the police that these cases leave us with, can only be repaired when those who were caught breaking the law are properly punished for their crimes! Have we a ‘News of the World’ style cover up here?

See also Big Brother Watch. Also from the Star, Shock retirement: South Yorkshire Police chief tells why he is stepping down early. Is there a link?

2 thoughts on “Seen Elsewhere – From the Star

  1. “One employee, an office worker, was sacked, out of the 44 officers and civilian workers caught snooping in police records unrelated to their investigations or day-to-day work.”

    So what disciplinary actions were taken against the remaining 43 and have the victims been notified?? – or is it South Yorkshire’s Chief Constable’s intention to follow the example of his chums at the Met and keep everyone in the dark, or at least flog the details to some seedy Private Dick.


  2. “… and 16 other members of staff were subjected to internal disciplinary procedures.”

    Another case of keeping it in the family and using less than useless ‘internal procedures’ ?
    Hardly the “robust stance” that Deputy Chief Constable Dyson says South Yorkshire Police take in such cases.

    However, as Thomas Jefferson so succintly stated …
    “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”


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