Former Lambeth police officer accused of tipping off criminals is given caution

Guardian reports:

A former Lambeth cop accused of leaking information to criminals has been given a police caution.

The officer, who was suspected of tipping off criminal suspects about incriminating evidence against them, was cautioned on Tuesday for offences under the Data Protection Act.

The then detective constable, who police will not name or reveal where in the borough he was based, was arrested on July 7 by anti-corruption officers.

He resigned on the same day and was bailed while police continued their investigations.

The accusations against him were that he made illegal searches on the Met Police database, including telling a burglar about a DNA trace found on a drink carton.

Okay, so he is no longer employed by the police, but I wonder what would have happened over here under the same circumstances. Did he get off too lightly, or is this another case where UK law doesn’t give a judge much to work with in the way of penalties? Anyone know?

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