Most of Plainfield’s police systems are back up and running after cyberattack

Most of Plainfield’s police systems are back up and running after cyberattack

PLAINFIELD – The City Police department has regained access to an online state and national database that was blocked by a crippling cyberattack in March.

Deputy Chief Will Wolfburg said Monday that the department can now take advantage of the Connecticut On-Line Law Enforcement Communications Teleprocessingor PICK UP, system.

More than 180 local, state, and federal agencies feed information into that system, which allows police departments to retrieve information from a pair of state and two national databases: the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and International Network for the Exchange of Information on Justice and Public Security (NLETS).

Locally, police regularly use the COLLECT and NCIC systems to check the status of people and vehicles during the course of a call, Wolfburg said.

Computer server room at the Plainfield Police Department headquarters.

“We check a vehicle to see if it has been stolen and the status of a driver, such as if there are active warrants or protection orders issued for people in a vehicle,” he said. “Since the (cyber attack), we’ve had to rely on Putnam and the state police to do those types of searches for us, but now we’re back to being self-sufficient in that area.”

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