Most Plainfield police systems up again after cyber attack

PLAINFIELD – The town’s police department has regained access to an online state and national law enforcement database that was blocked by a crippling March cyber attack.

Deputy Chief Will Wolfburg said on Monday the department can now tap back into the Connecticut On-Line Law Enforcement Communications Teleprocessing, or COLLECT, 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 in-state and two national databases: the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and International Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing Network (NLETS).

Locally, the COLLECT and NCIC systems are regularly used by police to check the status of individuals and vehicles during the course of a call, Wolfburg said.

Computer server room at Plainfield Police Department headquarters.

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