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Statewide data-sharing initiative helps law enforcement

December 5, 2012
BY?RYAN?ATKINS ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Police officers will have an easier time accessing certain information thanks to a new statewide data-sharing initiative.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the initiative, which will give law enforcement agencies greater access to information from the DMV through a secure Internet portal. The information that will be available includes photos of all New York state drivers and non-drivers, vehicle registrations, lifetime driving histories and real-time notifications of traffic violations and other charges.

One of the most prominent new features of the initiative will be access to the LAWMAN database. The database includes more than 15 million registration files, which can be critical in helping to identify and arrest suspects. Previously, the New York State Police were needed to perform a search using the LAWMAN database. Cuomo's initiative will direct access to the data in any patrol car with Internet access, as well as at all law enforcement headquarters. The Division of Criminal Justice Services will audit the system to make sure it is used properly.

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