2018 Vigilant Data Sharing Information (Calhoun County Sheriff's Department)

Dave Maass filed this request with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department of Anniston, AL.
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From: Dave Maass

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Alabama's Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1) The names of agencies and organizations with which the Agency shares ALPR data;
2) The names of agencies and organizations from which the Agency receives ALPR data;
3) The names of agencies and organizations with which the Agency shares “hot list” information;
4) The names of agencies and organizations from which the Agency receives “hot list” information;

This information is easily available within the Agency’s LEARN system. The simplest way to extract this data is to generate an “Agency Data Sharing Report” PDF file from within LEARN. To do this, a user may simply go to the “Sharing” section of LEARN and select “Output Report.” A CSV/XLS file containing these records would also satisfy this request.

The instructions for extracting this data is described on pages 62-63 of the LEARN Agency Manager Guide, which may be found at this link:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3860685-LEARN-5-1-Agency-Manager-Guide.html

An example of this record may be found at this link:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3936113-Palos-Verdes-Estates-Police-Department-Data.html

A number of other agencies have regularly determined the above information constitutes a public record and have provided an “Agency Data Sharing Report.” These agencies include:

Anaheim Police Department, Antioch Police Department, Bakersfield Police Department Chino Police Department, Clovis Police Department, Elk Grove Police Department, Fontana Police Department, Fountain Valley Police Department, Glendora Police Department, Hawthorne Police Department, Irvine Police Department, Livermore Police Department, Lodi Police Department, Long Beach Police Department, Montebello Police Department, Orange Police Department, Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, Red Bluff Police Department ,Sacramento Police Department, San Bernardino Police Department, San Diego Police Department, San Rafael Police Department, San Ramon Police Department, Simi Valley Police Department, and the Tulare Police Department.

We further request the following records

The aggregate number of “detections” (i.e. license plate scans and associated data) collected during 2016.
The aggregate number of detections collected during 2017.
The aggregate number of “hits” (i.e. times that a plate on a hotlist was detected) during 2016.
The aggregate number of “hits” during 2017.

This information is easily available within the Agency’s LEARN system. The simplest way to extract this data is to generate a “Dashboard Hit Ratio Report” PDF file from within LEARN. We would prefer the data for each year to be provided separately.

An example of this document may be found at: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3870802-Sacramento-PD-Hit-Ratio-Rpt-010112-051917-Redacted.html

The instructions for extracting this data is described on pages 78-79 of the LEARN Agency Manager Guide, which may be found at this link:
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3860685-LEARN-5-1-Agency-Manager-Guide.html

The following agencies have regularly determined the above information constitutes a public record and have provided an “Dashboard Hit Ratio Report.” These agencies include:

Anaheim Police Department; Bakersfield Police Department; Chino Police Department; Clovis Police Department; Elk Grove Police Department; Fontana Police Department; Irvine Police Department; La Habra Police Department; Laguna Beach Police Department; Lodi Police Department; Sacramento Police Department; San Diego Police Department; San Ramon Police Department; and the Red Bluff Police Department.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Dave Maass

From: Calhoun County Sheriff's Department

We don’t have LPR cameras.

Good day!

Matthew Wade, M.S., CHPP, CJM
Sheriff, Calhoun County
FBI NA #226
DHSLA #1
NSI #112
#servantsheart

From: Dave Maass

Hello Mr. Wade,

Thank you for the quick response.

According to multiple records received from other agencies, the sheriff's office does have access to ALPR data maintained by other agencies and collected by Vigilant Solutions itself.

In other words, why the department may not have cameras, it does have a Vigilant account.

Could you please double check for responsive records?

Thanks!

Dave Maass

From: Calhoun County Sheriff's Department

Please check to ensure you have the correct Calhoun County.

We do not have LPR cameras or do business with Vigilant.

Thank you!

Matthew Wade, M.S., CHPP, CJM
Sheriff, Calhoun County
FBI NA #226
DHSLA #1
NSI #112
#servantsheart

From: Calhoun County Sheriff's Department

In addition, please read Alabama’s open records laws. It only allows for inspection of records. An emailed request is not a valid request.

However, I responded to try and help your search.

Matthew Wade, M.S., CHPP, CJM
Sheriff, Calhoun County
FBI NA #226
DHSLA #1
NSI #112
#servantsheart

From: Dave Maass

Mr. Wade,

Thank you for the quick response, and I appreciate you taking the time to research the request. I

Regarding Vigilant Solutions. Records from agencies such as the Sacramento Police Department and Simi Valley Police Department indicate that they are sharing their data with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office. There are many possibilities why this is showing up. For example, it is possible the sheriff's office once had an account with Vigilant or engaged in a demo/pilot with Vigilant. Another possibility is that an officer arranged for a free account without alerting administrative departments.

In this case, the answer may be that it is another Calhoun County. I plan to start there next.

If you think any of the other possibilities apply, I would certainly be grateful if you were able to check. We can make other arrangements for transmitting a request and inspecting the records. However, email correspondence may ultimately be more convenient for your office.

Thank you for the time you have put it into this so far.

Dave

From: Dave Maass

Mr. Wade,

Thank you for the quick response, and I appreciate you taking the time to research the request. I

Regarding Vigilant Solutions. Records from agencies such as the Sacramento Police Department and Simi Valley Police Department indicate that they are sharing their data with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office. There are many possibilities why this is showing up. For example, it is possible the sheriff's office once had an account with Vigilant or engaged in a demo/pilot with Vigilant. Another possibility is that an officer arranged for a free account without alerting administrative departments.

In this case, the answer may be that it is another Calhoun County. I plan to start there next.

If you think any of the other possibilities apply, I would certainly be grateful if you were able to check. We can make other arrangements for transmitting a request and inspecting the records. However, email correspondence may ultimately be more convenient for your office.

Thank you for the time you have put it into this so far.

Dave

From: Dave Maass

Mr. Wade,

Thank you for the quick response, and I appreciate you taking the time to research the request. I

Regarding Vigilant Solutions. Records from agencies such as the Sacramento Police Department and Simi Valley Police Department indicate that they are sharing their data with the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office. There are many possibilities why this is showing up. For example, it is possible the sheriff's office once had an account with Vigilant or engaged in a demo/pilot with Vigilant. Another possibility is that an officer arranged for a free account without alerting administrative departments.

In this case, the answer may be that it is another Calhoun County. I plan to start there next.

If you think any of the other possibilities apply, I would certainly be grateful if you were able to check. We can make other arrangements for transmitting a request and inspecting the records. However, email correspondence may ultimately be more convenient for your office.

Thank you for the time you have put it into this so far.

Dave

From: Dave Maass

Also apologies for sending that last message three times. There was a glitch on my end.

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