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Legislative Report: 2020 Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

An unmanned aerial vehicle with a cameraLaw enforcement agencies use unmanned aerial vehicles (UA​V), or drones, for many purposes including searching for missing persons, assisting with crash reconstruction and more. Laws of Minnesota 2020, Chapter 82, section 5, subdivision 12a-b requires all law enforcement agencies that maintain or use UAVs to report the following data.

  • The number of times a UAV was deployed without a search warrant.

  • The date of each deployment.

  • The authorized use for each deployment.

  • The total cost of the agency's UAV program.

The BCA is required to compile and publish the data by June 15 of each year. Read the first annual report.


Adjustment to Mandated Fingerprinting Processes

​The BCA is allowing for the delayed submission of fingerprints for mandatory background checks pursuant to recent legislation signed into law by Gov. Walz (Minnesota Laws, Chapter 71, Article 2, Section 26). This affects the agencies listed below until the end of the peacetime emergency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. While fingerprint-based background checks will be delayed, background checks on these individuals will still include a Minnesota criminal history check based on name and date-of-birth.

This change enables these essential workers and fingerprint technicians to maintain social distancing. It also allows these individuals to move into critical roles and to remain in those roles without lapses in background check requirements. All pending fingerprint-based background checks for these individuals will be completed within 30 days of the end of the peacetime emergency.

The BCA is providing notice of its determination to delay fingerprint-based background checks for these employees under Minnesota Laws, chapter 71, article 2, section 26, subd. 2, paragraph b.

 

BCA In-Person Background Check Services Are Open; Fingerprinting Available By Appointment Only

​In-person background check services are available at the BCA. Fingerprinting services for critical infrastructure positions are also avilable BY APPOINTMENT only, until further notice. The BCA has made this temporary change to help ensure social distancing for members of the public and BCA staff. The BCA will continue to process background checks that are mailed. To request an appointment for fingerprinting services, please call 651-793-2410.

Individuals coming to the BCA for fingerprinting or background checks are asked to wear a face covering in the building. Space for social distancing in the lobby is limited; please do not bring others with you.