Bradenton officer suspended one month for improper use of police database

jdeleon@bradenton.comOctober 11, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A Bradenton police officer has been suspended without pay for one month for reportedly accessing a police database for non-law enforcement purposes.

Officer Adam Wollard was suspended last month after he was found guilty of misusing access to the State of Florida's Driver and Vehicle Information Database following an investigation by Bradenton Police Department Internal Affairs.

Wollard accessed the DAVID system July 23, 2011, to retrieve drivers license information involving more than 200 people, including fellow police officers, former city and police department employees and civilians.

The incident was discovered when a records request prompted the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to be notified a search by Wollard of State Attorney General Pam Bondi had been conducted Nov. 27, 2010.

Wollard did not deny misusing the database.

"I am aware of the correct terms of usage for the DAVID database," Wollard said in a letter to his sergeant in July. "However, I have run several subjects through DAVID for no other reason than curiosity, including athletes, officers and other persons of interest."

Wollard had been reprimanded previously for misuse of the system. In 2011, then-Lt. Warren Merriman spoke to Wollard about his misuse of the system.

Wollard said he has not misused the system since, according to the Internal Affairs report. Letters went out in late September to more than 200 people alerting them their information was accessed by Wollard.

The State Attorney's Office has declined to file criminal charges, citing no criminal activity.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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