Friday, November 6, 2015

American Indian police departments to get access to federal criminal databases

The Justice Department announced Thursday that it has chosen 10 American Indian tribes for a pilot project in which their courts and police departments will be authorized, for the first time, to have direct access to criminal information in federal databases.

The 10 tribes will be the first of the nation’s federally recognized 567 Indian tribes to be given training and computer equipment to obtain federal criminal records and other national data, as well as to submit information, without having to rely on local and state officials.


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