HIROSHIMA (TR) – An assistant inspector with the Hiroshima Prefectural Police has resigned his post after admitting to leaking information to an organized crime group, reports Nippon News Network (Feb. 3).
On three occasions beginning in July of 2014, the assistant inspector, aged in his 50s, used a mobile phone to send messages about when arrested persons would be released from custody to a gang member.
The assistant inspector, formerly in charge of detainment at the Fukuyama-Nishi Police Station, has been prosecuted for allegedly violating a confidentiality obligation in Local Public Service Act.
Upon admitting to the facts in the case, the assistant inspector tendered his resignation on Friday.
The matter came to light during another investigation in which the phone of the gang member was seized and the messages found.
“We will strive to prevent a recurrence and restore trust,” a representative of Hiroshima Prefectural Police said.