ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – One of the county executive’s drivers will face disciplinary action for improper use of the REJIS criminal background system.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says an internal probe into a pair of Charlie Dooley’s drivers found that one looked up names of potential political appointees. The other officer ran searches without permission or justification of more than 200 names.
The pair was under internal investigation for looking up names on the REJIS criminal background computer system. Police Chief Jon Belmar was asked if there are any hints if Dooley’s drivers looked up the names of political opponents.
“We looked specifically at that, and there’s no hint at all that that’s the case,” he says.
Belmar says it appears a dozen names were looked up legitimately to vet potential nominees to boards and commissions. As the chief puts it, apparently, he was using the REJIS system as a toy to pass the time.
“One officer we feel like acted very appropriately on this,” says Belmar. “I think the other officer probably didn’t understand the gravity of the situation, that REJIS could not be used as a toy or a prompt to pass time.”
The chief says there was no evidence the drivers ran background checks on any political opponents of the county executive.
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