Cop facing computer hacking charges



A BRISBANE police officer has been suspended and is facing criminal charges for allegedly hacking computers at work and revealing confidential information to third parties.



A Queensland Police Service spokesman has confirmed a 30-year-old detective senior constable from the Brisbane region is under investigation for accessing private police information without a cause.


“The officer is being investigated in relation to the access and release of official and confidential information without an official purpose related to the performance of his duties as a member of the Queensland Police Service,” the spokesman said.


He is also due to front Brisbane Magistrates Court next month accused of computer hacking.


The man is the second Queensland police officer removed from active duty due to alleged dishonesty today, with a 47-year-old female sergeant stood down in the Central Region over allegations of lying during a disciplinary investigation.


It also follows a crackdown on improper access to Queensland Police Records and Information Management Exchange (QPRIME) last year which netted four officers.


However the crackdown was far more widespread, information released under Queensland right to information laws revealed police conducted 59 investigations into improper use in the 13-month period between August 2016 and September 2017.


No further action taken in 52 of the cases with some citing insufficient evidence.


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