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I’ve always had a deep respect for anyone who works hard, and no one works harder—or does a more important job—than our nation’s police officers.  I believe our best bet in the battle against crime is to give our law enforcement officers the resources and training they need to do their jobs right.   Every day, improved technology makes it quicker and easier to transfer critical information between law enforcement agencies.  These programs allow police officers to obtain mission-critical intelligence, and prevent accidents on the job—making sure that one law enforcement agency isn’t inadvertently interfering with the operations of another.  I will always support the personnel and technological needs of Minnesota law enforcement. 

Good law enforcement also means smart law enforcement.  We need to fight crime and prevent it.  If we have new, reliable technology that can help us fight crime, we should use it—and if we find a problem with that technology, we should work hard to fix it.  I strongly support scientifically proven, effective forensic technology—especially techniques that rely on DNA analysis. I also support improving other techniques that have yet to earn their scientific bona fides.

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will push for a tough and smart criminal justice system.

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