Thursday, September 10, 2009

Police Dispatch Official Admits To Misuse Of Police Database

The former director of a company that dispatches police and fire departments in five towns in Cook and Kane County, plead guilty to misusing the police database for personal reasons. Steven R. Cordes, the former director of QuadComm, was sentenced to six months in county jail and placed on 30 months of probation in Kane County Circuit Court. QuadComm dispatches emergency calls to police agencies and fire department. He was arrested in October of 2008 after he accessed the police database to check on the boyfriend of his live in girlfriend. Kane County officials believe he accessed the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) on multiple occasions from 2006 to 2008 checking on at least four individuals. It is against state law to misuse LEADS. QuadComm provides dispatch services for the towns of Sleepy Hollow, East Dundee, West Dundee and South Barrington. Cordes was the director of QuadComm from 2000 to last year after his misuse of LEADS became known to his bosses.

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