ST. PAUL (WCCO) — A powerful state senator says hundreds of police officers may have abused their power. The officers used a state database to look up personal information on just one woman.

State Sen. Warren Limmer is the chair of the Judiciary Committee.

He is asking the Department of Public Safety to provide details of an investigation that may affect more than 400 police officers from 18 different departments.

“It starts to raise a question of whether or not someone is just sifting through to get information on one citizen. It certainly raises questions in my mind,” Limmer said.

Limmer said state law specifically allows police officers to look at personal driver’s license information, only in the course of an investigation.

He said he’s concerned law enforcment officers may have violated that standard.

Limmer is meeting Friday with Public Safety officials to be briefed on the investigation.

Comments (12)
  1. Elmo says:

    So I get credit reports once a year. Shows whom is looking at my credit. Lets get something in place that would give the Citizens a records check on how many times their DL and plates are being checked, and by whom. Sounds like some predators work for the Public Safety Dept.

  2. Ben Dover says:

    Oh my you can’t get much dimmer than Senator Limmer, what a grandstander.

    1. Brian Dover says:

      Well said, Ben. That’s all Limmer is…a grandstanding GOP slacker who didn’t do his own job during the regular OR special session, but thinks he should have some input on how others do THEIR job because he graduated from St. Cloud and once worked as a correctional officer. I’m going to puff out my chest now…”I want to know the findings of these investigations so I can try and do something about it and, in doing so, justify my existence.

  3. Sandra says:

    Non issue, dirty perv’s in their boxers at their computer can get more info on anyone at anytime than a cop can. Your DMV file contains mostly public information anyway. News Flash, an officer can sit in traffic and run every single plate he/she see’s and get all the info related to that including your address, record, and photo. They don’t need a reason the courts have ruled that is acceptable. This is going over many years, a commenter on another website must know the woman or know someone involved as she supposedly had a personalized plate and well that will get run everytime! This is going back to 2007 so think of everywhere she could have driven and had her info run by multiple agencies in a day. I would be more worried about the fact that my smart phone tracks me or my onstar always knows where I am than if an officer looked at my DL photo! Besides no one knows if their info is run so for this woman to be tipped off, she is/was a cop, is/was involved with a cop, or has cop friends.

    1. fixthesystem says:

      You are completely missing the point. The information illegally being accessed my not be volatile in this case, but if this behavior is allowed to continue the targeted information will certainly change.

      Just because there are other dangers out there does not justify abuse from the people that we entrust to protect us.

    2. Jake says:

      Sorry, but abuse of privileged info is unacceptable, and I limit myself to being ‘tracked’, that’s why I don’t do OnStar, and rarely take my cell phone with me in my car. If I do, and want to remain ‘private’, I take the battery out so I can’t be tracked. Police officer’s use of gov’t databases to track or investigate citizens should be closely monitored, there is too much room and power there that would invite abuse. I applaud Limmer’s efforts.

      1. Ben Dover says:

        “I applaud Limmer’s efforts” thats because you’re paranoid and sofa king stupid

        1. Jake says:

          No, I am not paranoid, I have a permit to carry, and I generally support the the efforts that law enforcement displays regularly. I can’t even look up certain customer’s info in my company’s database, because it is NONE OF MY BUSINESS, and I don’t argue against it. It’s called a ‘need to know’, and it matters. Just because I am a long time, entrusted employee, it doesn’t mean that I should access to EVERTHING about EVERYBODY. Too many idiots in existence who are stupid enough to abuse such a system and victimize innocent people, who think that if caught, the penalties won’t be all that serious. I also have worked in the ‘telecom’ industry for quite awhile, so don’t discredit me so easily….. Re-see the movie, “Enemy of the State”, then get back to me…….

          1. Brian says:

            “victimize innocent people”? So many conspiracy theorists getting way too carried away here. Jake, there is plenty that law enforcement officers don’t have access to. They don’t have access to EVERYTHING about EVERYBODY. They have access to, like you said, need-to-know info. It just so happens they can’t predict when or who’s information they’ll need to access, so they’re given access to all of it so they can get information rapidly. And unless these DVS employees or officers are convicted of selling someones personal info or sharing it in a unlawful way, there are no real victims.

  4. Jack Mehoff says:

    Jake……There is no i in team, but there is a u in suck

  5. NO STADIUM!!!!!! GO TO L.A. says:

    DIRTY COPS !!!!

  6. Rockfish says:

    This is ridiculous, probably a bunch of cops checking this woman’s photo. you can get most information at the MNCIS site. Now the state is making those who are licensed and have access to online driving records, with no photos, fax requests then the info is sent back. they just took an efficient system and set it back 15 years. I guess it is creating jobs where none are needed.

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