The Fairfield Police Department says it cannot comment on the ongoing investigation because of government code.
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FAIRFIELD (CBS13) – Court documents show that Fairfield Police Officers Stephen Ruiz and Jacob Glashoff used company time and equipment to search for women on internet dating sites.
The documents also show that two used the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System – a statewide police database – to screen the women they liked.“I feel like it’s an abuse of their power, using it for their own personal gain,” said Fairfield resident Carlos Thompson.The court documents allege another Fairfield officer reported the incidents to his superior back in June.The reporting officer alleged that both Ruiz and Glashoff found women’s profiles had been browsing women on dating websites like Tinder, e Harmony, and while working at the investigations bureau office of the Fairfield Police Department.“Downtime during their breaks or whatever, that’s their own thing.But not on the clock,” said another Fairfield resident.