In case you haven’t noticed, the hottest thing in the law enforcement industry is “big data.”
Even rural sheriff’s offices are making deals with companies that make stuff like facial recognition software, LPRs, and all kinds of other high-tech stuff brought to you by the “war on terror.”
There are several national and multi-national databases that police officers and others can access to look for suspects, evidence, and financial records.
You’re supposed to be a cop in order to access many of them, but the security features of the systems designed to enhance security are amazingly insecure.
At any rate, an ex-cop’s in hot water for something that happens thousands of times or more a day—accessing a law-enforcement database for something other than “official business.”