Police files found in dumpster

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of personal files from the Scranton Police Department were found unshredded in a dumpster, according to a news story on WNEP.

“One or more files that should have been shred were thrown into the dumpster,” said Scranton Director of Public Safety Ray Hayes. He admitted that a mistake was made.

Newswatch 16 found names, addresses, social security numbers, even what appeared to be an old evidence bag of marijuana; all things that could potentially end up in the wrong hands.


Director Hayes added that not all of the files in the dumpster were confidential. He said many of those files are already a matter of public record.

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