Calgary City Police HQ in NE Calgary, Alberta on April 30,2012.
Credits: STUART DRYDEN/CALGARY SUN/QMI AGENCY
Gerard Brand, 45, was arrested Wednesday following a two-month investigation and charged with improper use of a computer and breach of trust, after allegedly selling information to a Calgary financial services company for skip tracing, or tracking people down, which is commonly done when they owe debts.
"At this point, (Brand allegedly looked up) approximately 10 people that we are aware of and we are currently notifying each of those victims," police spokesman Kevin Brookwell said.
"Basically, it was just names, addresses and phone numbers, contact information."
Search warrants were executed at a home in a western suburb and a business in the northeast on Wednesday. Computers were seized, Brookwell said.
A 21-year member of the force, Brand has been suspended with pay, and his status will be reviewed in 30 days.
Brand's files from his time in the economic crimes unit will also be examined, Brookwell said. He was working in the human resources division when arrested.
"Police officers may only access police databases in the execution of their duties and the information accessed is required for a policing purpose, such as investigation of an offence, protection of life and protection of property."
A name and password are required each time an officer accesses a database and usage is audited regularly, Brookwell said.
Breach of trust charges can earn a 14-year prison sentence and unauthorized use of a computer can net 10 years in jail, Brookwell said.
Brand was released with conditions to stay away from certain addresses and people and is set to appear in court next May 22.
Brand has been involved in a number of high-profile cases over his career.
In 1997, Brand shot a man in the face after the suspect pulled a shotgun and told Brand he was going to die, earning the cop bravery awards.
In 1999, he tried to shoot a knife-wielding suspect who was threatening his mother-in-law, but Brand's shotgun jammed.
Three other officers fired at the same time, killing him.
Then in 2004, Brand's service weapon was stolen from a briefcase in his locked vehicle and he plead guilty to improperly storing a firearm.