De­tec­tive faces sack for pass­ing on data

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A DE­TEC­TIVE is fac­ing the sack for re­veal­ing con­fi­den­tial po­lice force data in a bid to help her friend’s brother.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Kate Buesing was guilty of a “se­ri­ous dere­lic­tion of duty” by pass­ing on the in­for­ma­tion, a court heard.

Ju­rors were told the 36-year-old West Mer­cia Po­lice of­fi­cer re­vealed de­tails of an as­sault al­le­ga­tion made by a woman against her hus­band while the cou­ple were di­vorc­ing in Oc­to­ber 2014.

Buesing ac­cessed the log con- tain­ing the in­for­ma­tion and sup­plied it to her friend, who was the com­plainant’s sis­ter-in-law.

The of­fi­cer, who was based at Eve­sham in Worces­ter­shire, was con­victed af­ter a trial of ob­tain­ing per­sonal data and dis­clos­ing it to an­other per­son.

She was fined £500 for each of the two of­fences at War­wick Crown Court.

Pass­ing sen­tence, Judge Stephen Eyre QC told Buesing: “The pub­lic give in­for­ma­tion, sen­si­tive per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, to the po­lice ser­vice which is kept in trust. You de­lib­er­ately, fool­ishly, to help a friend, breached that trust.

“You looked at the com­puter sys­tem sim­ply to help out a friend, know­ing you were giv­ing her in­for­ma­tion to as­sist her brother in a fam­ily mat­ter which was noth­ing to do with you. It was a se­ri­ous dere­lic­tion of duty.”

The judge said the sen­tence re­flected the fact that Buesing would “al­most in­evitably” lose her £35,000-a-year job af­ter be­ing con­victed. An­drew Wal­lace, pros­e­cut­ing, had ear­lier told the court : “A po­lice of­fi­cer is un­der a duty not to dis­close per­sonal data with­out the con­sent of the data con­troller, who would be the chief con­sta­ble.”

Richard Gibbs, de­fend­ing, said Buesing had not been sus­pended pend­ing the out­come of the case but had been moved to other du­ties with the force.

Af­ter the trial, West Mer­cia Po­lice con­firmed the of­fi­cer would face mis­con­duct pro­ceed­ings.

> Dis­graced of­fi­cer DC Kate Buesing

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