Government Databases: Indiana State Police Launches Clandestine Meth Lab Database Online
From the Kokomo Tribune:
The Indiana State Police launched a new online database [last week] that allows residents to see every property, car or outside location that was once the site of a clandestine meth lab that has yet to be cleaned and decontaminated.
And there are a lot them. Over 9,200 statewide.
“The problem is, you can’t see it or smell it,” [Sgt. Niki] Crawford said. “It’s not something that’s readily apparent to somebody who just moves in to a new place, but it can become apparent when you start feeling chronically sick.”
That’s why the state police decided to create the database, she said. By letting people know where police have found a meth lab, they can avoid moving into a contaminated house or apartment that could cause serious and long-lasting health problems.
From the Indiana State Police
This site provides the user with the date of seizure, county, street address, type of lab and location of the lab on the property listed. In addition, labs seized in vehicles will have the vehicle identification number listed if the lab was seized after December 31, 2012. Only labs that have been reported to the Indiana State Police either through an ISP criminal incident report or via EPIC 143 report submission by another police agency will be listed on the website. The address lists have specific timelines and delisting requirements under HB 1141. If the address fits within the statutory timelines, users will be able to download the ISP Occurrence Report and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Certificate of Illegal Drug Lab Cleanup submitted for a particular property.
Direct to Database and Support Materials
See Also: The database is part of the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Investigation System
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.