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Minister must look into 111 calls claim

Chester Borrows MP
National Party Police Spokesman

24 August 2008

Minister must look into 111 calls claim

"Police Minister Annette King must move urgently to satisfy herself that Police records aren't being abused and offenders aren't being let off too lightly," says National Party Police spokesman Chester Borrows.

The call comes following media reports that a Police Communications Centre worker propositioned a 111 caller and misused information he took from the NIA Police Intelligence computer to identify possible sexual partners.

"Callers contacting the Police Communications Centre, including victims, are seeking assistance, advice and action. No one would condone them receiving proposals for sex from call-takers.

"Misuse of official Police information is a blatant breach of trust. As the employer of this offender the Police, and the Minister, must share responsibility for the security of personal information.

"I will be interested to hear why it is that even though the staff member has resigned, no action is being taken under the provisions of the Privacy Act, or Crimes Act, to deal with this breach.

"On behalf of the public, the Minister should be asking those questions and providing those answers."


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