Re: Fine balancing act
Lots of criminals have not been found or crimes have been solved much later than they should have because connections between different cases were not made. It might be reasonable to have a same name restriction (like officer Jenkins needs to ask a colleague to look up information about suspected car thief Jenkins), but that wouldn’t stop a police officer from looking up info about a robbery that he committed until his name is added to the case.
And it doesn’t stop the jealous police officer illegally checking out the new boyfriend of their wife, ex wife, ex-girlfriend etc. The only way to stop this is harsh punishment when detected.