Former Sutton-based policewoman sentenced for computer misuse

A former Nottinghamshire police officer has been sentenced for computer misuse and breach of data protection.

Kelly Hinds, 29, who was a response officer based at Sutton and previously worked at Mansfield, admitted at an earlier hearing to using police systems between 2011 and 2013 to commit six counts of computer misuse and four counts of breaches of data protection.

The 29-year-old, who was suspended following her arrest, resigned from her post in February 2014.

Hinds admitted that she had passed information from force systems to a third party, and had accessed information without a policing purpose.

She was given a 12-month conditional discharge for each count, which will run concurrently, and ordered to pay court costs.

DCC Sue Fish said: “Kelly Hinds abused her position as a police officer, which gave her access to confidential information and intelligence. The public places its trust in Nottinghamshire Police to protect the information we hold and to use it only in strict accordance with our policy which states there must be a genuine policing purpose for accessing it.

“Hinds’ guilty plea shows she has taken some responsibility, but it doesn’t change the fact that she took advantage of her role as a police officer, and what she did could easily have resulted in information being passed on further and used to benefit criminals or undermine a prosecution.

“Trust and integrity are paramount to the police service, and action will be taken against those individuals whose conduct falls below the standard that the public would expect of officers. If their actions have broken the law in any way, then we will have no hesitation in commencing a full investigation and working with the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute that person.”