Hundreds of Police Sacked and Forced to Resign for Snooping on Ex-Wives and Kids

By Gary Cutlack on at

Stats on police disciplinaries have uncovered over 2,000 data protection breaches since 2009, with some police using their privileged access to national databases to check out their partners and kids, and also giving out inappropriate case data on social networks.

Stats obtained by the Press Association show that data protection lapses led to 186 resignations of officers between 2009 and 2013, with a further 113 being sacked for failing to stick to data rules. 34 of the 2,013 officers investigated over the period were working at inspector or chief inspector level at the time. [BBC]

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