The personal information of about 2,500 LAPD officers, along with approximately 17,500 police officer applicants, was stolen in a theft of data held by the City’s Personnel Department, several officials told NBCLA.
The breach was discovered in recent days, the officials said, and the affected officers were being notified over the weekend.
"The Department has learned of a data breech [sic] that involved some of your information contained within the Personnel Department’s Candidate Applicant Program,” an email message said to officers.
The compromised data included the officers’ names, date of birth, part of their employee serial number, and the email address and password they set up when applying for the job, according to the message. Additional personal information may have been compromised, one of the officials said.
The LAPD told officers in the message they should monitor their personal financial accounts, get copies of their credit reports, and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
The message did not include an explanation of how the breach happened, or if the city would provide credit monitoring or other services.
An LAPD spokesman said Monday the department was taking steps to make sure its personnel data was safe.
"Data security is paramount at the Los Angeles Police Department, and we are committed to protecting the privacy of anyone who is associated with our agency," the spokesman said.
The officers' union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said the breach was a serious security issue, and urged the City to investigate how it happened and improve data security.
"We also call upon the City to provide the necessary resources and assistance to any impacted officer who may become the victim of identity theft as a result of this negligence, so that they may restore their credit and/or financial standing," the Protective League said.