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.