Queensland policeman charged over unauthorised database access


news A police constable from Queensland has been removed from official duty and charged with misconduct over unauthorised access of a police database, after an investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

According to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the CCC, the 38-year-old male officer, who was serving the Southern Region, is the subject of an investigation concerning allegations of misconduct.

The misconduct charge includes accessing the Queensland Police Service’s Qprime (Queensland Police Records and Information Management Exchange) system and releasing confidential information.

The CCC said it has now served the officer with a notice to appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court on 7 June on the following charges:

  • One count of improper disclosure of information, section 10.1 Police Service Administration Act 1990
  • One count of misconduct in relation to public office, section 92A or alternatively computer hacking and misuse, section 408E of the Criminal Code

The QPS said: “In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, we have undertaken to inform the public when an officer faces serious allegations of misconduct. This does not mean that the allegations against the officer have been substantiated.”

Last week, the CCC released a report titled Confidential information: Unauthorised access, disclosure and the risks of corruption in the Queensland public sector to coincide with Privacy Awareness Week.

The paper contains examples of inappropriate access or use of confidential information, highlights the risks of improperly using confidential information, and offers case studies and findings of the CCC’s audit into how agencies handle misuse of confidential information.


  1. “One count of misconduct in relation to public office, section 92A or alternatively computer hacking and misuse, section 408E of the Criminal Code”

    Laughable. Just like the Freeman case. They have logins. No hacking so false and fraudulent. That law code is so out of date it’s not funny conjured up by luddites.

    I’d like to know what they disclosed. If it was for the benefit of the public then they did nothing wrong as democracy is a farce and sometimes you have to take it into your own hands.

    It would be in the detail what was disclosed and to who.

  2. * to whom.

    This kind of thing is endemic throughout every force – cops use their database to look up people for themselves and their friends – it’s commonplace. This guy must have had a specific complaint made either about him or about the use of the information that led back to him. It’s pathetic that just one officer is being prosecuted like this when this is such a pervasive and endemic problem. I know people who have had to leave the force due to victimisation because they didn’t want to be involved in illegal activity like this – senior police just dismiss such complaints while deliberately turning a blind eye to misconduct that occurs right in front of them.

    Police have a hiring problem, but how can they hope to attract reasonable people when they are immediately put off by existing culture – most people who become cops seem to be doing so in order to get a free pass on their own behaviour.

  3. ah, queensland police.. the same people that ran a child pornography site for over ten months that encouraged site members to contiune to abuse children to maintain access to the site.

    really classy stuff.

    kill yourselves, monsters.

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