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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Program Evaluation Division

Law Enforcement’s Use of State Databases

February 20, 2013

We examined law enforcement’s use of the Minnesota driver’s license database and the Comprehensive Incident-Based Reporting System. We found that inadequate controls and insufficient training have contributed to misuse of these databases. We recommend, among other things, that the Department of Public Safety: (1) take steps to increase awareness of the permissible uses of these databases; (2) strengthen access controls; and (3) consider increasing resources for monitoring use of driver’s license data. We also recommend that chief law enforcement officers consider increasing proactive reviews of their employees’ use of driver’s license data.