Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Officer Snoops Police Database on Ex-Wife, Her Boyfriend

In addition to inappropriately accessing personal data on his ex-wife and her boyfriend, Clearwater Florida police commander Crean used a law enforcement database for "questionable purposes" more than 100 times.

Over two years, sometimes while off duty, Crean snooped in the drivers license database, which contains social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and photographs. He is being disciplined for obtaining information about people unconnected to his law enforcement work.

"Investigators found that Crean disproportionately sought information about women between the ages of 24 and 33." - Tampa Bay Times
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Sources:
(a) Clearwater officer to be disciplined for improper use of database - Tampa Bay Times,05/17/2013

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