Middlesex Sheriff Announces New Crime-Fighting Tool

Local police agencies will now have access to more information on prison inmates.


Middlesex County law enforcement agencies now have an additional tool to fight crime - more and easier access to information about prison inmates. 

The Middlesex County Sheriff's office recently unveiled MIDNet, the Massachusetts Inmate Data Network, which allows police officers to access information on inmates in hopes of bolstering public safety, according to the Sheriff's office. 

MIDNet allows officers to find information on an inmate's status, charges, identifying marks, aliases and other information from other correctional facilities, including state Department of Correction facilties. As of Dec. 19, 39 out of 54 Middlesex County communities had enrolled in the program.

“We, as police officers, have known for years that there is a wealth of information contained in the various Sheriffs’ offices and the Department of Correction related to their inmate populations,” Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco Jr. said in a press release. “This is information that is vital to law enforcement. Until MIDNet, this information was not easily accessible. MIDNet now puts this valuable info at our fingertips in minutes, if not seconds. In this period of budget and staffing shortages, MIDNet is an incredible public safety tool that allows us to work smarter and not harder.”

Prior to the program, police officers had to request the information.

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Keith January 05, 2013 at 03:51 PM
When do you start using drones to begin spying on the citizenry? Or has it begun already?
Aron Levy January 07, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Keep your eyes on the skies! And your tinfoil on your head!
Keith January 07, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Aron, you aren't keeping up with current events, you need to read more.
Aron Levy January 07, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Keith, I'm fully abreast of the 'drone menace.' I'm just not paranoid like Alex Jones (and apparently, yourself.) Do you get scared when you see police helicopters? Because that's pretty much all that these UAVs are. Just much less expensive.
Keith January 07, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Rather than attributing complex human emotions to others (ie "paranoid"), I suggest using introspection to see where your own shortcomings are, because I am beginning to think you;re an internet troll of some kind.
Aron Levy January 08, 2013 at 02:51 AM
A troll? Perhaps. But I definitely see myself as pointing out the hilarious foibles of others. Also I have very little patience for conspiracy theorists, having spent far too much time with them over the years.
Earnhardt January 08, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Aaron, you are too much! lolololol
Aron Levy January 08, 2013 at 05:05 AM
Better to be too much, than not enough, no?
Earnhardt January 08, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Aron Levy January 08, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Awwww, poor Earnhardt. He can't put up with an opposing viewpoint. Why doesn't he run back to the Rev. Pimperton, Iron Mike, MC Something-Or-Other, Saul Glick, etc. echo chamber with the other Ditto Heads.
Earnhardt January 09, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Aaron you have NO sense of humor. Ok Come after me... come on... All you do is snark and insult everyone. I wasn't TRYING to have an opposing view on the subject, But of course, you need someone to insult. Lighten up will you? You are probably the biggest windbag here,,, What's the matter no deceased Police Officers to pick on?


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