Saturday, August 12, 2023

You got to look on the bright side, even if there ain't one.


PSNI data breach: Officers looking over their shoulders

"I can't trust anyone here."

"We were now looking over our shoulder, but now even more so."

"This has done half the job for the people who want to target officers."

These are some of the remarks from serving and recently retired members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) who spoke to the BBC this week.

They were articulating the fearful fallout from the unforeseen data breach - in which the names of all 10,000 PSNI staff were published on a website.

Ten or fifteen years ago we were working with ACPO (the Association of Chief Police Officers and precursor of the NPCC). A very impressive young lady was posted there from the PSNI. One day she told me her background was in the nationalist community. I wondered aloud what her family made of her joining the police over there.

"I told them I couldn't go into detail about what I was doing," she said "and that they just had to trust me." I was very impressed with her moral courage then. I'm even more so now.

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