An Omaha police detective has been placed on administrative leave. The focus of the investigation is whether sensitive information got into the wrong hands.
OPD confirmed to Channel 6 News Thursday that a 10-year veteran of the force, Detective Kevin Cave, is on paid administrative leave. Cave is still an employee and that's all OPD would say about it.
However, Fact Finders confirmed through a variety of sources that there's a probe into whether sensitive information was revealed that could compromise criminal investigations. Whether any criminals or suspects obtained that information would be an obvious question, but nobody is willing to answer that.
We do know that the National Crime Information Center, managed by the FBI, holds sensitive information for law enforcement eyes only. Sources tell Fact Finders whether Officer Cave accessed NCIC and shared information outside law enforcement is the focus of an investigation. He would have access to the system since he is a detective in the Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Omaha Police Department.
The NCIC holds all sorts of information including names and faces of those who are wanted or missing and gang members. If you committed a serious crime, your information and fingerprints are there.
Sources say law enforcement officers have real concerns whether their personal information, such as where they live and what they drive, could also be in the wrong hands.
Police union president John Wells, who would be involved in representing an officer on administrative leave, said it would be inappropriate for him to comment on a personnel matter.
The Department of Justice tells Channel 6 News its policy to neither confirm or deny the existence of investigations where charges have not been filed.