Former Bognor police officer fined for breaching Data Protection Act

A FORMER police office officer has been convicted of illegally accessing Sussex Police computers to get information on members of the public.

Thomas Grant (25) of Stroud Green Drive, Bognor Regis, was a PC based at Bognor Regis Police Station at the time and after being arrested was suspended from duty. He was arrested in March after an investigation by officers from the force’s Professional Standards Department into the misuse of Sussex Police computer systems.

He had been using the systems to research the details of several personal acquaintances in Bognor Regis.

Grant resigned from the force at the beginning of September prior to his trial.

Grant pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday, September 17) to an offence of breaching the Data Protection Act. He was fined £800.

Detective Sergeant Niall Moloney said: “The misuse of force computers or systems by either officers or staff for anything other than a policing purpose is totally unacceptable and is not tolerated by Sussex Police.

“Any allegation of this kind is investigated thoroughly.

“Members of the public can be assured that their details are safe with us. Anyone who attempts to undermine that confidence will be dealt with swiftly and robustly.”