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July 06, 2012

Ill. sheriff's son granted access to confidential LE database

LEADS is central system used by officers to obtain and share LE-sensitive information

By The Better Government Association
Chicago Sun-Times (Commentary)

CHICAGO — We recently discovered that the teenage son of DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba was given access to a confidential law enforcement database, even though he isn't a deputy or officially employed by his father's agency.

Told of the situation, numerous Chicago-area law enforcement officials said it was totally inappropriate — and, perhaps, a violation of the rules — for the sheriff's office to help Zaruba's then- 17-year-old son, Patrick, become certified to use the Illinois Law Enforcement Agencies Data System, or LEADS.

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