Proper Disposal of Police Notebooks
Category: Law Enforcement
Gordon Graham here with Today’s Tip from Lexipol and Today’s Tip deals with that little notebook most officers carry in their shirt or pants pocket.
So what do you do with the page containing the person’s information when it is time to dispose of it? Have you considered the risk of identity theft?
You know, the one you pull out when you contact someone without any form of identification? The contact may be the result of a traffic stop or a jaywalker, and since they don’t have a driver license or identification card, you jot down the information they give you verbally. Typically you are going to note all of the important things necessary to try to verify the person’s identity such as name, date of birth, physical description and address.
So what do you do with the page containing the person’s information when it is time to dispose of it? Have you considered the risk of identity theft? As a law enforcement officer you are entrusted to safeguard the personal information of people with whom you come in contact while performing your duties. When it is time to dispose of the information in your notebook, I strongly urge you to consider shredding those pages containing personal information and not simply throwing it in the trash. That way it will save you and your agency the possible embarrassment and liability of being the source of someone’s personal information being obtained through a lost notebook or page.
And that is Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Gordon Graham signing off.