Belfast Telegraph

PSNI right to tell firm of driver's conviction

By Allan Preston

A delivery driver convicted of drink-driving in Londonderry has been told police were entitled to tell his employer.

The man was arrested last August while driving a van in the city. He was convicted, lost his licence and quit his job.

The day after the court case a police officer visited the man's workplace and told his employer.

This sparked a complaint to the Police Ombudsman's office. The now ex-driver said he had resigned the previous day, and telling his employer caused needless distress. He said a relative who worked in the company overheard the officer discussing the case.

The officer said he was advised by the public prosecutor to tell the man's employers about the conviction. He said he also checked with the PSNI's roads policing unit if he had the right to do so.

This advice was backed by the police data protection officer, who said the information could be lawfully shared on the grounds of public safety.

The officer said he only discussed the conviction with the employer in a private office - with only a manager and member of the security team present.

This was confirmed by the man's employers.

The Police Ombudsman investigator concluded that the officer had acted properly and had followed the correct police procedures and acted in line with the Data Protection Act.

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