Heroine police officer due in court over over alleged computer misuse

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A West Yorkshire Police officer has been charged with making unauthorised searches of the Police National Computer system, writes Neil Wilby.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) say that PC Sanya Shahid is accused of accessing records in October 2020 without having a legitimate policing purpose for doing so,

PC Shahid, based in the force’s Leeds District, is due to appear before the city’s Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (1st September, 2022) accused of three breaches of the Computer Misuse Act, 1990. She was arrested on 21st May 2021.

An IOPC-led investigation concluded in February 2022, at which time the case was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision.

In 2018, PC Shahid received wide media recognition after she threw herself in front of a stolen car to protect a child from getting hurt

The act, cited as ‘outstanding bravery’, also earned PC Shahid an award at that year’s District Police Awards and a commendation from the IOPC. She was also very warmly praised on social media by the then chief constable, Dee Collins.

Page last updated Wednesday 31st August, 2022 at 0645hrs

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