The FBI is investigating Minneapolis police after receiving a tip that a city police department has been stealing records and selling them on the black market, a department official said.
The FBI is aware of several incidents in which police departments are selling records, including those in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the North Dakota city of Fargo, the FBI official said on Friday.
The FBI has not publicly announced a lead on any crimes committed by the Minneapolis police.
A Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) spokeswoman said Friday that the department is reviewing the report and will determine how best to respond.
In a statement, the MPD said it “does not tolerate theft of public records and would work to identify any wrongdoing and bring it to the attention of law enforcement officials and appropriate authorities.”
The Minneapolis Police Commission is reviewing its policies and procedures regarding the collection and sale of public record information.
The commission is a nonpartisan panel that meets to review police practices and procedures.MPD said that while it has a long history of cooperation with the FBI, the agency is not investigating its records-selling practices.
“We are confident that all parties in our investigation have cooperated fully and are focused on finding out what happened,” the statement said.
“The Minneapolis police have a long record of providing public information to the FBI and our partner agencies.
We continue to cooperate with the bureau as we work to bring to justice those responsible for these thefts.”