_News Talk 770
A veteran Calgary Police officer has been charged with unauthorized use of a computer and breach of trust under the Criminal Code.
It 's alleged the detective who's been with the force for 21 years, used police databases to look up contact information of a number of people between March 2010 and August 2011.
The non-public information was allegedly provided for skip tracing purposes; a process commonly used to locate a person when a business is owed money and is typically part of a civil process.
Gerard Brand, 45, has been relieved from duty with pay.
According to police, officers may only access police databases when in the execution of their duties, and the information accessed is required for a policing purpose (such as the investigation of offences, protection of life and property).