Computer charges against Nottinghamshire police officers dropped

Charges against three Nottinghamshire police officers for computer misuse and data protection have been dropped.

The officers, two PCs and a detective constable, were due to face trial at Derby Crown Court this week but prosecutors offered no evidence.

A force spokesperson said they would remain suspended pending the outcome of an internal misconduct investigation.

The Police Federation said prosecutors had found issues with training and advice on data protection for officers.

The officers were due to go on trial in two separate hearings on Monday and Thursday.

'Clarify training'

Phill Matthews, of the Nottinghamshire Police Federation, said the charges related to viewing force systems when unauthorised to do so under current force policy.

He said the federation would be working with the force to help improve and clarify training and guidance for officers on such issues.

On Friday, a serving officer was charged with 17 offences in relation to computer misuse and data protection breaches.

PC Kelly Hinds, 29, who was based at Sutton-in-Ashfield, is alleged to have used police systems to access information to commit offences between 2009 and 2013.

Her case is not connected to that of the three other officers.

Nottinghamshire Police said Ms Hinds have been suspended and are due to appear before magistrates on 30 January.

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