'Nosy' Hampshire police officer banned from serving for accessing 18 people's data - including victims

A ‘NOSY’ police officer accessed victims’ private details and people’s conviction data over a period of nine years.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 2:47 pm

Special constable Jamie Campbell quit before he could be sacked for looking up personal information about 18 people stored on Hampshire police IT systems.

Officers investigated SC Campbell but a misconduct hearing was held in secret, with no press or public access - and few details have been released by the force.

Chief constable Olivia Pinkney chaired the hearing and made the decision to bar the public due to the pandemic. Videolink access was not granted to The News.

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A special constable illegally looked up people he knew on the police's database

The former officer accessed computer systems, looking up information about people he knew, between November 2011 and May 2020.

He faced his former boss Mrs Pinkney at a special case hearing, having already quit the force.

Campbell admitted accessing the data ‘out of curiosity’. Hampshire police insisted ‘there was no suggestion he shared or in any way profited’ from the data.

He has now been barred from ever being a police officer again.

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A statement on Hampshire police’s website said: ‘(Mrs) Pinkney found the breach proven as (there) was no policing purpose for accessing the data.

‘The public entrust policing with personal information and the force is the guardian of that information.

‘That responsibility is taken extremely seriously to protect such information and human behaviour needs to be similarly meticulous.

‘Breaching these information protocols is a very serious action and therefore it was determined that the Special Constable would have been dismissed without notice had he not already resigned from the force.

‘He has also been placed on the Barred List.’

Mrs Pinkney found proved an allegation that Campbell breached confidentiality under the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

A Hampshire police spokesman told The News: ‘All occurrences viewed were persons known to SC Campbell.

‘It is understood that all information viewed was out of “nosiness”.’

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