Nottinghamshire police officer Kelly Hinds admits computer misuse

A former Nottinghamshire police officer has admitted passing on confidential information to third parties.

Kelly Hinds, 29, was charged with 10 counts of computer misuse and data protection between 2011 and 2013.

Nottingham Magistrates' Court handed her a 12-month conditional discharge for each offence, to run concurrently, and ordered her to pay £125 costs.

Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish said Hinds had abused her position as a police officer.

'Took advantage'

Hinds, of Belvoir Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, pleaded guilty to passing on information from force systems to a third party and accessing the data without a policing purpose.

She had worked as a response officer at Sutton-in-Ashfield and had also previously been based in Mansfield.

Hinds was suspended from the force after her arrest and subsequently resigned from her post in February this year.

Following the sentencing Ms Fish said "trust and integrity are paramount to the police service" and action would be taken against individuals whose conduct fell below that standard.

She added: "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."

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