SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Three Springfield law enforcement agencies are under fire, accused of leaking individuals’ private information, like social security numbers, on public police scanners.
The city of Springfield said – upon initial review – it doesn’t think it’s doing anything wrong.
A private investigator in Springfield filed the complaint against the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield Police Department and the Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications center.
Derrick Marshall, the private investigator behind the complaint, said law enforcement is not only putting people at risk of identity theft, but also breaking several Missouri laws.
“Greene County Sheriff’s office is doing it, Springfield police is doing it, and probably most police agencies in the nation, but it must stop,” Marshall said.
Marshall said in ten days, he heard ten social security numbers on his scanner.
“I started looking into it and I actually cross-referenced some of the numbers, and they were numbers,” he said.
The city of Springfield told KOLR10 it would not go on camera to discuss the complaint, but did issue this statement:
“Our legal department is doing a thorough legal review that could take a week, but upon an initial review, we have no indication that we operating outside of the law…