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APD gets lesson on document disposal

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 21, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Every shift of the Albany Police Department will review the Department's procedures for dealing with sensitive information.

The review comes after an officer discarded documents with personal information including social security numbers in a business' dumpster on Dawson Road.

Tuesday Chief Younger said employees are being reminded that anything discarded with personal information should be shredded. He said the department's policy for the discarding of documents will also be reviewed as part of the Albany Police Department's annual review. Twenty-five year old Officer Rodney Brown who's been a part of the police force since 2006 admitted while working the midnight shift he cleaned out his car and threw out the information. Tuesday Chief Younger explained the disciplinary action that could be taken against Brown.

"The disciplinary action could range up to termination based on our policy, but certainly we look at an officer's prior performance, their prior disciplinary record and I'm also considering the recommendation of his commander," said Albany Police Chief James Younger.

Chief Younger couldn't say whether Brown had received prior disciplinary action.

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