The Associated Press
Police chiefs across Minnesota are hoping to build a new version
of a massive police database.
This week, Public Safety Commissioner Rich Stanek sent a
letter to police chiefs promising to build a new version of the
Multiple Jurisdiction Network Organization.
The database included the names of virtually anyone who
came into contact with police from 187 participating agencies in
Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin.
It also allowed police to add additional information
about people, such as physical descriptions.
The group that owned the database purged the system in
December after a hacker said he'd easily broken in, and a state
public records expert questioned whether it complied with privacy
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But Stanek says he's heard from investigators who want it back.