Ohio Report Due on Shared Police Information

Oct 25, 2013

Security and protocols for Ohio's law enforcement information-sharing system could become clearer with the release of a new report.

At issue is the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, a searchable system that gives police and other investigators near-instant access to records including drivers' licenses, vehicle registrations, the sex offender registry, and the computerized criminal history at the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

A panel reviewing the system planned to release a report on its findings Friday.

The report could include recommendations for adding rules for using facial recognition software to match images of possible suspects or victims with photos from Ohio drivers' licenses.

Police have also been able to use facial recognition since June, with some critics calling it intrusive.