NY plans to establish central police database

Updated: 01/18/2014 6:16 PM
Created: 01/18/2014 5:55 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend $10 million to help establish a new database of police information that departments across the state could share online.

An administration official said Saturday the governor will detail the initiative when he unveils his proposed state budget on Tuesday. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the proposal in advance and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The database would make it easier for police to share crime information and coordinate responses across jurisdictions without having to request information and then wait for a reply.

Local authorities are expected to join the so-called New York State Protection Cloud over the next four years with collective savings estimated to reach $12 million annually.

Civil libertarians say to prevent misuse or abuse, safeguards should be in place.

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