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Officers disciplined for misusing driver license database

Posted: 5:12 AM, Feb 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-15 10:12:36Z

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say 12 Florida police officers have been disciplined for misusing a driver license database.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Orlando police internal affairs investigators found the officers were using the Driver and Vehicle Information Database for personal purposes. The database allows law enforcement officers to look up personal details about drivers. A police spokesman noted that most of the violations were officers viewing information about themselves or family members.

The reports were released this week in response to a public records request. All 12 officers waived their rights to a full investigation and declined to contest their violations. Nine of the 12 officers received eight-hour suspensions without pay, while the other three had been disciplined previously by supervisors.

Officials say the violations show officers need more training on the system.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/