The FBI has begun a program to share information on suspected domestic terrorists, the New Jersey state attorney general’s office said Tuesday.
The state attorney has ordered a study of the FBI’s use of the law enforcement database and said it should be made available for public review.
The FBI, which runs the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), said in a statement that it is conducting the study because of concerns about the public interest.
The program will allow people to request a copy of a person’s records from the FBI, the statement said.
The N.J. attorney general declined to comment further on the program.
The New Jersey Police Department (NJPD) did not respond to a request for comment.
The police department’s database is operated by the FBI and has been used for more than a decade by law enforcement to keep tabs on suspects and suspects’ associates.
Since its creation in 1996, the database has recorded more than 1.6 million suspected violent extremists and more than 775,000 potential violent extremists.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the FBI expanded the database to include a new category called “threats to national security.”
A total of 2,092 people were killed in the Sept. 16, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to FBI statistics.
The database includes information on about 1,300 people, but that number is expected to grow to 1,400 by the end of the year, according a March 2016 report from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Some people who have used the database are suspected of involvement in violent crimes, such as sexual assaults or murder, but not necessarily associated with terrorism.