June 1, 2007
The personal information of every police officer in Texas was in the
hands of thieves Friday, after a laptop computer containing the data was
A laptop containing each officer's private information was stolen from a
Houston software company that stores sensitive records for the Texas
Commission on Law Enforcement.
"The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement maintains all the records for
all the law enforcement agencies, peace officers and county jailers and
others, telecommuters and others to the tune of approximately 97,000
individuals," said James Heironimus of the commission. "My name was on
that database as well, as a peace officer."
Those individuals got an e-mail last month about the break in and theft.
"Our chief of police forwarded that information to the supervisors here
at UTPD, and those supervisors were asked to inform those officers to
the loss of the laptop," said spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon of the
University of Texas Police Department.
Heironimus said they are working with the Houston Police Department to
track down the thieves and are asking officers to monitor their credit
reports for possible fraud.
KXAN was told the thieves hit several businesses that night, and the
laptop may not have been a specific target.
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