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Vignesh Ramachandran filed this request with the Department of Public Safety of Arizona.
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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

To Whom It May Concern:

I am the managing editor of Peninsula Press, a multimedia news website based out of Stanford University in California. We are working on collecting data on traffic stops and searches made by state patrols across the country. (I previously contacted your agency regarding record layout information about what datapoints your state collects and had received forms that the Arizona Department of Public Safety uses during traffic stops.)

Pursuant to the state open records law, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 39-121 to 39-122 and 39-128, I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting the raw data of traffic stops made in your state and laid out in your record description for the last ten (10) years. The fields of data include: report number, complaint, defendant gender, defendant origin/race, defendant DOB, vehicle year, vehicle color, vehicle make, vehicle model, vehicle style, vehicle state, vehicle VIN, date of incident, time of incident, approx. speed, posted speed, highway location and milepost, violations, sanctions, whether a search was conducted, whether the person was arrested and what type of enforcement took place. These were all fields on the traffic ticket and complaint form provided by the state. Additionally, if collected, we’d like to request the officer ID number and officer race field.

The requested data will be analyzed, eventually be made available to the general public and be used for editorial purposes. This request is not being made for commercial purposes. We kindly ask the request be filled electronically. We can accept the data in many common formats, including as CSV, spreadsheet or other database formats. Data can be emailed to vram@stanford.edu or uploaded to this Dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/request/2bHR718dG9r5WzEK9DZb

In the event data has to be sent physically on a CD or portable drive, please mail to Peninsula Press, Stanford Journalism Program, 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

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

Sincerely,

Vignesh Ramachandran

Vignesh Ramachandran

Managing Editor, Peninsula Press

Stanford Journalism Program

email vram@stanford.edu

phone 650.723.0703

physical mail 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305

From: Duty_Office

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From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 10, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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On Nov. 10, 2015:
To Whom It May Concern:

I am the managing editor of Peninsula Press, a multimedia news website based out of Stanford University in California. We are working on collecting data on traffic stops and searches made by state patrols across the country. (I previously contacted your agency regarding record layout information about what datapoints your state collects and had received forms that the Arizona Department of Public Safety uses during traffic stops.)

Pursuant to the state open records law, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 39-121 to 39-122 and 39-128, I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting the raw data of traffic stops made in your state and laid out in your record description for the last ten (10) years. The fields of data include: report number, complaint, defendant gender, defendant origin/race, defendant DOB, vehicle year, vehicle color, vehicle make, vehicle model, vehicle style, vehicle state, vehicle VIN, date of incident, time of incident, approx. speed, posted speed, highway location and milepost, violations, sanctions, whether a search was conducted, whether the person was arrested and what type of enforcement took place. These were all fields on the traffic ticket and complaint form provided by the state. Additionally, if collected, we™d like to request the officer ID number and officer race field.

The requested data will be analyzed, eventually be made available to the general public and be used for editorial purposes. This request is not being made for commercial purposes. We kindly ask the request be filled electronically. We can accept the data in many common formats, including as CSV, spreadsheet or other database formats. Data can be emailed to vram@stanford.edu or uploaded to this Dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/request/2bHR718dG9r5WzEK9DZb

In the event data has to be sent physically on a CD or portable drive, please mail to Peninsula Press, Stanford Journalism Program, 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

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

Sincerely,

Vignesh Ramachandran

Vignesh Ramachandran
Managing Editor, Peninsula Press
Stanford Journalism Program
email vram@stanford.edu
phone 650.723.0703
physical mail 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305

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From: Alana Lewandowski

Good Afternoon Mr. Ramachandran,

Attached is an invoice for your AZ DPS traffic stop data.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Alana Lewandowski #6069

Administrative Assistant

Arizona Dept of Public Safety, Public Records Unit

Ph 602-223-2714

To promote and encourage leadership within the Agency by focusing on building from the individual to the organization through collaboration and cohesive teamwork.

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thank you Alana. I will send the payment in the mail on Wednesday.

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