Minnesota is considering joining the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx). The FBI, several other law enforcement organizations and police agencies had a meeting on Aug 12 to share information about N-DEx. The FBI presented N-Dex to the Minnesota Criminal & Juvenile Justice Information Task Force. The task force will make appropriate recommendations to Criminal & Juvenile Justice Information Policy Group of Minnesota, which will in turn recommend to Minnesota lawmakers whether to participate in N-DEx or not.
Even though the state of Minnesota has not decided to join in N-DEx yet, Minnesota police authorities have been gathering information about the system. During the meeting, there were some questions asked which were satisfactorily answered by Jay Summers, the Minnesota FBI liaison.
What Is Law Enforcement N-DEx?
Law Enforcement National Data Exchange or N-DEx is a national database system which allows federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies nationwide to have information sharing on the criminal justice information they currently collected. According to the N-DEx brochure provided by FBI, the Law Enforcement N-DEx works by bringing together reports on cases and incidents.
What Information Is Shared in N-DEx?
N-DEx shares information of records of criminal cases and incidents, data of bookings and incarcerations, and data of paroles or probations from Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the United States. Law Enforcement N-DEx may even include information or data about juveniles or crime victims. Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) will be able to detect the relationships between places, people, things and characteristics of crimes. The database also detects link information across different jurisdictions and it provides contact information between various Law Enforcement Agencies which work on cases of mutual interest.
What Organization Will Manage the N-DEx?
The Law Enforcement N-DEx will be managed by Law Enforcement Agency (LEA). The LEA will decide on what information will be shared in the database. LEA officers will have the authority to enter and delete information from the N-DEx database. The information will be subject to audit by the FBI and internal audits with the participation of LEA authorities. In case of FBI audits, every state participating in the process must assign a security administrator who can be a local administrator or a state level administrator.
What are The N-DEx Levels of Sharing?
There are three sharing levels for N-DEx. The information shared in Green Level allows all users to view the data. The information in Yellow Level is more moderated and controlled and users are allowed only to view a point of contact information. The information in Red Level is highly restricted and only certain authorized users are allowed to view the data.
How Many Participants Does N-DEx Currently Have?
There are currently 3,812 agencies participating in Law Enforcement N-DEx nationwide with overall existing records of more than 100 million. Texas is the biggest contributor with its 46 million shared records. The Washington DC metro is anticipated to participate soon along with Northwest region’s several states, and also Colorado. If Minnesota will decide to participate in N-DEx, it currently has 91,000 records to share.
Will Minnesota DWI Records Be Shared In N-DEx Database?
The information entered into the N-DEx database depends on what the authorized agency decides to enter into the system. Since Minnesota has not decided to join the N-DEx yet, it is not clear if Minnesota DWI case records and exactly what other Minnesota criminal case records will be entered into the system and be shared. Either LEA, or the Minnesota as a whole, can make the guidelines on what information is shared and what could not be shared.
The meeting which took place Friday was mostly informational. Minnesota Criminal & Juvenile Justice Information Task Force will be meeting again in October. They will eventually come up with a recommendation of whether or not to join in Law Enforcement N-DEx and submit their recommendation to the Criminal & Juvenile Justice Information Policy Group of Minnesota by December 1.
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