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LAPD commanders' personal information posted on website

Personal information about more than two dozen members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s command staff has been anonymously posted on an Internet website, officials said Wednesday.

Police are investigating who may be behind the site, which listed officers' property records, campaign contributions, biographical information and, in a few cases, the names of family members, including children.

The information was mostly about LAPD captains, but also contained information about higher-ranking staff officers.

Department officials said it appeared that the information was gleaned from public records because the department servers hold such personal information and there has not been a successful hacking attack on department servers.

Police officials said there has been at least one other instance when personal information about a law enforcement officer was posted for public consumption.

"Of course there are concerns when officers' private information is disseminated on public websites," said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith. "Part of our business is putting bad guys in jail and they don't need to know personal information about our officers. We are very concerned for the safety of our officers and their families."

Smith said the LAPD has warned officers to be careful about any personal information that they make available in the public domain.

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-- Andrew Blankstein (Twitter.com/anblanx)

 
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