4 Feb 2011

Officer disciplined after accessing computer records

4:04 pm on 4 February 2011

A senior North Shore police officer has been strongly disciplined but has escaped dismissal after inappropriately accessing police computer records.

An investigation began at the start of last year after a number of complaints were raised by a member of the public.

In a written statement, Superintendent Bill Searle said an internal investigation was carried out into unauthorised checks of the National Intelligence Application (NIA) by an employee.

The NIA holds details of criminal offences and the police code of conduct states that unauthorised access is considered serious misconduct and could justify dismissal without notice.

Superintendent Searle says a thorough and robust investigation has taken place, including examination by external parties.

Details of the outcome are to remain confidential, in accordance with employment law, he says.