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Police Officer Suspended for Selling Personal Details

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May 4, 2012

The Vancouver Sun reports on a Calgary police officer accused of using police databases to obtain personal details on at least 10 individuals in exchange for cash. Det. Gerard Brand, a 21-year veteran, was arrested this week and charged with breach of trust and unauthorized use of a computer. Police spokesman Kevin Brookwell said the case is rare. "Every member of our service knows that accessing databases is for police use only. Every member knows that use is monitored and audited." Earlier this week, an Office of the Privacy Commissioner adjudicator found that police breached an employee's privacy during an unrelated investigation.
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