No single agency does nationwide tracking of how often officers misuse confidential law enforcement databases, but an Associated Press investigation found last month that scores of officers have done so in recent years. Through records requests to state agencies and big-city police departments, the AP found that law enforcement officers and employees who misused databases were fired, suspended or resigned more than 325 times from 2013 to 2015. In more than 250 instances, they received reprimands, counseling and lesser discipline.
The police mantra is to "Protect and Serve." These databases should be used accordingly as that mantra details. If there is not a specific reason that involves protecting and serving then there should be no reason that the police or anybody should have access to personal information. Once we start doing whatever we want then that is when chaos takes over.
Yes, it's necessary to restrict access to personal information because you never know what hands it might fall into. Some people are out to get others, and it's important that personal info is protected in order to protect the people. Most police officers are fine people doing their job but a few are bad hats, making it necessary to restrict personal information that may be used to harm others.
Yes, police access to personal information should be restricted because it gives a cop insight into people who are innocent. Cops can look up ex-girlfriends and boyfriends and see what they are doing. It is not fair for them to spy on people who have not committed any sort of crime.