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Meet K9 Sota!

Sota.jpgThe newest member of the BCA investigations team is a two-year-old black British Laborador trained to locate electronic evidence wuch as USB drives, cell phones and micro SD cards. K9 Sota is the first electronic detection K9 in Minnesota.

Training dogs as electronic detection K9s is relatively new -- just two years ago there were only three such K9s in the United States. Now there are about three dozen. K9 Sota locates evidence by recognizing the odor of triphenylphosephine, or TPPO - a chemical coating on all memory storage chips in electronic devices.

Learn more about K9 Sota.


BCA Releases 2019 Uniform Crime Report

The BCA has released the 2019 Uniform Crime Report. The report contains crime information provided by local law enforcement agencies to meet state and federal reporting requirements. The BCA compiles the data into an annual report and provides requred data to the FBI for its reporting purposes.

Read a news release about the report.

Read the report.





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

​In-person background check services are again available at the BCA. Fingerprinting services for critical infrastructure positional are also availalbe 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.


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.