AVOYELLES PARISH, La. (LSP/KALB) - Louisiana State Police say they arrested a part-time Mansura police officer, who is also a full-time Marksville police officer, for malfeasance in office and misuse of NCIC (National Crime Information Center)/LLETS (Louisiana Law Enforcement Telecommunication System). The arrest happened Monday night.
Torrick Friels | Photo Source: Louisiana State Police
Back in August, Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Alexandria Field Office (LSP AFO) Detectives received a complaint that Torrick Lavez Friels, 33, unlawfully accessed personal information through LLETS about a subject and released that information to a member of the public.
Louisiana law prohibits a law enforcement officer from obtaining information (i.e. social security number, driver’s license number, driver’s license status, address, and criminal history) for personal reasons and disseminating that information for non-law enforcement purposes.
LSP detectives determined that Friels was on-duty with the Mansura Police Department when he obtained the personal information. An arrest warrant for Friels was acquired and he was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center on the above charges.
We spoke with Mansura Police Chief John Johnson who says the LLETS system he used to access that information isn't used by the Mansura Police Department, but the Marksville Police Department.
"He was on duty with us, but he used a program that he uses for Marksville City,” Johnson said.
"We don't have the capability in the office to run all our drivers' licenses and plates. We run our stuff through the 9-1-1 center...Even if we wanted to run a criminal history on someone, we have to have probable cause or significant reason for it...I prefer going through the 9-1-1 center...not to say that I don't trust all my officers it's just that...it's like anything else, if it's there for you, if it's there and you can use it how you want then, sooner or later you’re going to do something that you're not supposed to do."
Friels also reached out to News Channel 5 on Facebook to give his own statement on the arrest saying, "If u looking for a statement here it is...Taking care of my kids is my number one priority thank you."
The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is also available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting http://lsp.org/ and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.
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