The Utah County Attorney’s Office may well bring criminal charges or sanctions against BYU Police. Alternatively local law enforcement may also consider action. This follows revelations that over an eighteen month period BYU Police carried out a police records check around 2300 times. This has been brought to light by a Public Access Request by The Daily Herald. The BYU Police Department used the Spillman system (county records management system) to access and interact with The Utah County Sherriff’s records and the Provo Police Department. The 2 agencies are concerned over why a police records check was carried out at such levels. An investigation in to BYU police actions commenced in May and was announced in June. The data received by The Daily Herald does not detail what individuals retrieved information from the system and/or specific information. A spokesman for the Provo Police Dept confirmed the Spillman system is in place to safeguard records. Other agencies can access records for legitimate reasons but why a neighboring agency required thousands of records remains difficult to understand.
The reasoning or intention behind an unauthorized police records check is questionable as well as the legality of that search. An illegal search using the Spillman facility may well be a cold search of a student. Possibly to see if a student has violated the honor code of the university. This has been confirmed as not normal practice by a BYU spokesperson. BYU police are under investigation by the Dept. of Public Safety (Bureau of Investigation). This relates to potentially violating sexual assault reporting and how information is accessed and disseminated by the department. The investigation will ultimately be reported to the relevant agencies and The Utah County Attorney’s Office. The investigation has been confirmed as directly in response to BYU’s Police use of Spillman.
BYU University Police made 2,034 queries (3/2015 through 9/2016). Of these 2,034 records BYU university police viewed 1,483 from a desktop, used a mobile to view 122 records. A total of 315 new records were created. They further ran 99 specific searches and printed 14 records. For the full article please follow this link .