POLICE have launched more than 140 investigations into their own staff snooping on the force’s confidential database.
Figures obtained by the YEP have revealed a total of 141 probes have been carried out by West Yorkshire Police into breaches of confidentiality involving computer systems containing people’s personal details.
Of those investigations, which took place over the past two years, 90 involved police officers while 51 looked into the conduct of police staff.
Police say the figures show they are catching out those who misuse the system.
A spokesman said: “Any type of computer misuse is taken seriously and dealt with appropriately by the force. Proactive computer audits are regularly carried out by Professional Standards and appropriate actions taken.”
He added: “Audits which identify any level of computer misuse are thoroughly investigated and the appropriate sanction applied.”
The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show the 141 investigations saw four people sacked and two resign. Three are still ongoing, while thirteen required no further action and 15 saw staff given “management advice”.
Eight workers were given verbal warnings, while 61 received a written warning and 35 given a final written warning.
The YEP understands the forces uses a number of different computer databases, which cover functions including call handling and recording crimes, and are believed to contain peoples’ personal details as well as criminal records.
The spokesman added: “We have an ongoing internal campaign around the appropriate use of computer systems and information handling. The force takes a robust stance on any misuse and these figures reflect our proactive work in tackling this issue.”