LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The names of those who abuse
a confidential police computer system will be deleted
after each case is investigated because state
officials voted to change the current policy.
State officials Thursday made it harder for the
public to learn who has abused the confidential Law
Enforcement Information Network, a computer database
containing driving records, criminal records and other
The Criminal Justice Information Systems Policy
Council vote means the names of police officers and
others who abuse the system will remain private.
The council, made up of prosecutors, police and
state officials, made the change after state and local
police officials expressed concerns that maintaining a
database of abusers would violate labor contracts,
which limit the amount of time a transgression can
remain on an employee's record, reported the Detroit
Free Press in a Friday story.
The vote effectively makes it impossible to find
out who has been misusing the system without
contacting the department in which the abuse occurred.
In some cases, police chiefs have refused to release
The Free Press reported last year that more than 90
Michigan police officers, dispatchers, federal agents
and security guards have used the system during the
past five years to harass women or settle scores. The
information is supposed to be used only for legitimate
law enforcement purposes.
Kary Moss, executive director of the American Civil
Liberties Union in Michigan, said lists of lawyers and
doctors who are disciplined get published, so why not
the system's abusers?
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"On the one hand we're saying people who commit
offenses should be broadcast on the Internet, and on
the other hand we're saying one group should not," she