An ex-sergeant of the Oost-Brabant police service and a private detective from Eindhoven have both been sentenced to community service and suspended sentences. The two did background checks of potential candidates for the editor of a television programme.
The private detective received instructions from the editor of the programme to look for background information of potential candidates and therefore consulted the now ex-sergeant. With the use if his own, and a colleague’s login codes, he searched confidential police systems for information and then forwarded it.
The court seriously charged the sergeant that he had greatly breached the trust that society has in the police. The ex-policeman received the maximum length of community service of 240 hours and a three months suspended sentence. The private detective received 200 hours of community service and a five months suspended sentence, due to provocativion.