A FORMER police officer has been convicted of illegally using force 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 and was suspended from duty after his arrest in March.
An investigation the force’s Professional Standards Department found he had misused Sussex Police computer systems.
He had been using the systems to research the details of several people he knew in Bognor Regis.
Grant resigned from the force at the beginning of this month, before his court case.
Grant pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court to an offence of breaching the Data Protection Act. He was fined £800.
Detective Sergeant Niall Moloney, from Sussex police, 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.’