Police staff member appears at court

23 Jan 2017 18:00 PM

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A Northumbria Police Staff member, Mr Paul Andre, who was employed as a crime prevention officer has appeared in court accused of the misuse of a police computer.

Mr Andre, 43 of South Shields, appeared at Newcastle Magistrates Court this morning (Monday, January 23) where he pleaded guilty to two counts of computer misuse.

The force's Professional Standards Department were notified that Mr Andre had reviewed incident logs with no authorisation.  An investigation was subsequently launched and he was charged with offences in August 2016.

After admitting to two counts of computer misuse, Mr Andre was handed a 12 month conditional discharge.  A police misconduct hearing will be held in due course.

Detective Superintendent Janice Hutton, Head of the Professional Standards Department said: "Mr Andre abused his position and has faced the consequences of his actions". 

"Northumbria Police takes action against anyone who commits a criminal offence regardless of who they are and expects an incredibly high standard from all of those we recruit to this police force.  I want to reassure the public that the actions of Mr Andre does not represent the thousands of Northumbria Police employees who work hard to keep you safe and provide a quality service."

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