Pc guilty of police records charge

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A police officer has been convicted of accessing the police's computer records for his own personal use, his force said today.

Pc Robert Campbell, of Hampshire police, pleaded guilty to the charge of unauthorised use of a computer, contrary to section 1(1) of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

The case against Campbell, who worked at the force's central operational command unit, was adjourned for sentencing on June 18.

A police spokesman said the investigation into Campbell began following a complaint from a member of the public.

Detective Inspector Dave Morgan, from Hampshire police's anti corruption unit, said: "The conviction of Pc Campbell demonstrates that we take seriously allegations about illegal behaviour of our staff.

"In this case Pc Campbell accessed data held within our force's records management system for his own personal use, which is unlawful.

"As a result of this conviction, we will now consider whether Pc Campbell should face formal disciplinary action in accordance with the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008."