Demand Stiffer Sentences for Police Officers Who Abuse Crime Database

Denver_Skyline_by_Larry_Johnson

Target: Denver Chief of Police Robert C. White

Goal: Issue more severe penalties to police officers who illegally used online database for personal reasons.

Denver police officers who use confidential and private information for personal reasons continue to escape serious punishment despite the city’s vow to crack down on misconduct. The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a database used by thousands of law enforcement agencies and provides officials with personal information about persons related to criminal investigations.

In the past 10 years, there have been 25 incidents in which Denver police officers were found to have abused the system. One such case involved an officer who researched the phone number of a woman involved in a sexual assault investigation and then called her house against her wishes, while another officer ran a man’s license plate on behalf of a friend, who then tracked the man down and threatened him repeatedly.

These violations represent a public safety hazard and will only continue if they remain unpunished. None of the 25 Denver cases resulted in an officer being charged with a crime, and the most serious penalty over this 10-year span was a three-day suspension–a meager punishment that pales in comparison to other cases across the country.

If the City of Denver is serious about ending this pattern of abuse, offenders must be punished to the full extent of the law. Sign the petition below to urge Denver’s police chief to begin cracking down on his department’s criminal behavior

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. White,

There have been 25 incidents in which Denver police officers were found to have abused the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in the past 10 year, yet the most serious punishment doled out has been a three-day suspension. The NCIC contains valuable personal information, and the compromising of this data represents a serious privacy and safety concern.

The most effective way to end these violations is to issue sterner penalties to violators. A small suspension does nothing to deter future misconduct, but serious punishments can help end this cycle of criminal behavior. Please take notice of this serious issue and begin punishing violators to the full extent of the law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Larry Johnson

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