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Longview PD renews service to help find wanted individuals

Numerous Texas agencies, including Longview police, currently purchase online access to the database containing Texans' employment information. Numerous Texas agencies, including Longview police, currently purchase online access to the database containing Texans' employment information.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

The Longview Police Department has renewed its contract with the Texas Workforce Commission to use their database to find those who may be wanted by police.

Some East Texans are concerned about the amount of information available to police.

Numerous Texas agencies, including Longview police, currently purchase online access to the database containing Texans' employment information.

"Once we access their database, we can enter social security numbers to locate suspects, victims or witnesses," says Longview police officer Kristie Brian.

Some are concerned that access to private information could easily be abused.

"Way too much. I don't want them to know how much I make, I don't want them to know where I work. I want to keep some privacy," says Longview resident Rebekah Archundia.

The data could include social security numbers, places of employment and gross wages.

"This is one of the tools we use to locate someone who doesn't want to be found. It accesses the database in Austin where employers report the earnings an individual by social security number," Brian says.

Though it is legal, groups like the American Civil Liberties Union question how much information law enforcement should be allowed to have through the database.

Police say information they get is minimal.

"We don't get their phone numbers addresses and all that. What it gives us just where they could be working," says Brian.

For three years, Longview police have had a contract with TWC.

"We're only able to see where they're employment was at a specific time. We have to contact them, then its up to that company whether or not they want to provide more information," Brian says.

And if the employer refuses?

"We would have to get subpoenas," says Brian.

We spoke with Texas Workforce Commission representatives today who said they did not know enough about the database contracts to comment on them.

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