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City police departments generally have access to the state’s database of criminal history information maintained by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) for the purpose of carrying out law enforcement duties. However, access to the database has proven useful for other city functions such as criminal history background checks on prospective city job applicants, liquor license applicants not covered by Minnesota Statutes, section 340A.402, and peddler license applicants.

Using the city’s police department to run these criminal history checks can save the city both money and time. However, it is important for the city to access the data appropriately and to understand what will—and will not—be provided in the way of criminal history information.

Minn. Stat. § 13.87.

Criminal history data compiled by the BCA is generally classified by law as either private or public, as shown below.

Private data includes:

  • Fingerprints

  • Photographs and identification data

  • Arrest data

  • Criminal court data

  • Custody and supervision data

This material is provided as general information and is not a substitute for legal advice. Consult your attorney for advice concerning specific situations.

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