A Peterborough Community Support Officer told a jury he did not pass any confidential police information on to a drug dealer he met at the gym.
PCSO Gurpal Shehri, 27, is accused of divulging police intelligence to Selwyn Carter, who he worked out with at the Fitness Station in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough.
But he told the jury of 4 women and 8 men at St Albans crown court today (Wednesday, July 1) that he was building an “intelligence package” on Carter.
The married PCSO denied having an agreement with Carter to check police computer and pass on any useful information.
He was asked why he and Selwyn Carter had exchanged text messages around the time he was looking at his details and those of associates on the computer. He replied: “I was putting an intelligence package together. I was not in an agreement with Selwyn Carter,” he said.
Earlier prosecutor Richard Burrington said it was not know what Shehri got for passing on protected and sensitive information about police operations and intelligence to 28-year-old Selwyn Carter.s
He said: “Selwyn Carter has a significant criminal record. He is suspected to be involved in criminal enterprises. The defendant decided to be friends with him. They swapped contact details and let each other know when they were going to the gym.”
The prosecutor said: “As this defendant was employed as a PCSO by Cambridgeshire Constabulary he was given access to police data records.
“He used his access to gather information which he passed on to Selwyn Carter, a convicted criminal, who he himself described as a being a nasty piece of work from London who was into violence and drugs.
“He would access records, note it down and would contact also Selwyn Carter as he accessed the information which was of interest to Carter because it contained information about criminal operations.
“The crown case is that his information is plainly useful in the wrong hands.”
The prosecutor said each officer had a PIN number to use to access the police’s data systems. An audit trail led to the discovery that PCSO had been accessing details on Mr Carter for 2 months, he said.
PCSO Shehri of Glinton Road, Milking Nook, Peterborough denies misconduct in a public office between 1 April and 9 July 2013.
The trial continues.