CALGARY — A veteran Calgary police officer has been found not guilty by a jury of breach of trust by a public official and unauthorized use of a computer.
Det. Gerard Brand had been accused of using police databases for profit.
Investigators alleged he dug up names, addresses and phone numbers of nearly a dozen people and handed that information to a financial company that was trying to track down clients who owed money.
But Brand, who acted as his own lawyer in the case, testified he only used police databases for investigative purposes.
He also told court he had gotten permission from the Calgary Police Service to begin a side job as a mortgage broker.
The allegations dated back to a period between March 2010 and August 2011.
"I'm feeling relieved and vindicated," Brand told reporters outside the courtroom on Friday. "It's been hell, it's been almost five years since this started."