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With New Controls, Minn. Hopes to Revive Police Database

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 laws.

But Stanek says he's heard from investigators who want it back.

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