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BCA Releases 2020 Permit to Carry Report

​The BCA has released the 2020 Permit to Carry Report, an annual report summarizing data by Minnesota law enforcement agencies regarding applications made for handgun carry permits as well as data about permit holders.

Read a news release about the report.

Read the report.



BCA Victim, Family and Community Relations Coordinator Promotes Healing and Progress

"The criminal justice system was not designed for victims," says Biiftuu Adam, and she should know. She's the BCA's first ever victim, family and community relations coordinator, a position she's held for almost a year now. Simply put, she acts as a liaison and point of contact for victims of violent crime, as well as their families and communities, throughout Minnesota: officer-involved use-of-force incidents, missing persons, and officer-involved sexaul assault; as well as homicides, trafficking, and other crimes.

Learn more about Adam and how she serves victims experiencing trauma in Minnesota in our latest DPS blog.

What Happens When There's an AMBER Alert

AmberAlert-Logo_-transparent-no-tag.jpgWhen an Amber Alert sounds on your cell phone or radio, posts on electronic highway billboards or scrolls across your television screen, every Minnesotan becomes a part of our public safety community.   The Amber Alert program is designed to enlist all of us in the effort to find a child whose fate may include serious danger or death. Read about how the program works.                              


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.