Facial Recognition Systems (Arlington Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Arlington Police Department of Arlington, TX .
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From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Facial recognition systems are increasingly utilized by law enforcement agencies. This allows officers to quickly identify persons of interest through the use of an extensive database and a tool such as FaceFirst.

I would like for this request:

-any contractual documents including purchase orders, delivery orders, bids, quotes, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts with facial recognition companies like FaceFirst Inc., Face Searcher by Allevate Limited, Face-VACS by Cognitec Systems GmbH, First Line Facial Recognition by Blue Line Technology, any products by Animetrics, SCRAM remote breath by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, or MegaMatcher by Neurotechnology. Other systems may also be used, such as the system developed by the FBI.

-any policies or guidelines about the use of facial recognition technology

-any grant applications or reports to any oversight bodies

-The total number of individuals who have been identified through the use of facial recognition systems over the last three years

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Curtis Waltman

From: City of Arlington - Open Records

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04/07/2017
Curtis Waltman
411 A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
RE: Public Records Request for Police records
Dear Curtis Waltman,
March 31, 2017Arlington Police Department20 W Division StP.O. Box 1065Arlington, TX 76004-1065To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:Facial recognition systems are increasingly utilized by law enforcement agencies. This allows officers to quickly identify persons of interest through the use of an extensive database and a tool such as FaceFirst.I would like for this request:-any contractual documents including purchase orders, delivery orders, bids, quotes, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts with facial recognition companies like FaceFirst Inc., Face Searcher by Allevate Limited, Face-VACS by Cognitec Systems GmbH, First Line Facial Recognition by Blue Line Technology, any products by Animetrics, SCRAM remote breath by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, or MegaMatcher by Neurotechnology. Other systems may also be used, such as the system developed by the FBI. -any policies or guidelines about the use of facial recognition technology-any grant applications or reports to any oversight bodies-The total number of individuals who have been identified through the use of facial recognition systems over the last three yearsThe 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Curtis Waltman------Filed via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 35595-41982650@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRockDEPT MR 35595411A Highland AveSomerville, MA 02144-2516PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.------
Your public information request to the City of Arlington, received 3/31/2017, has been referred to me for response. We have searched our records and have been unable to locate any records maintained by the City responsive to your request for Police records. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this matter.
Sincerely,
Jennifer Elerson
Police
Under the Texas Public Information Act you have the right to request access for inspection or copies of the requested records.  Failure to make arrangements for inspection or payment for copies by the 30th day after notice of their availability will result in the closure of your request.

From: City of Arlington - Open Records

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Dear Curtis Waltman,
Welcome to the City of Arlington Open Records Center. We have received your Open Records Request.
The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. The request must ask for records or information already in existence. The governmental body will try to complete the request as soon as possible with notification if the request will require more than 10 business days to complete. The governmental body may collect a fee as prescribed by law or regulation for the requested documents. If a fee is not prescribed by law or regulation, the fee shall be the actual cost of duplicating the record(s).
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Sincerely,
The City of Arlington
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From: Gretchen Cox

Mr Waltman, we responded on 4/7/17.

Here is the correspondence that was sent to you:

04/07/2017

Curtis Waltman
411 A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144

RE: Public Records Request for Police records

Dear Curtis Waltman,

March 31, 2017Arlington Police Department20 W Division StP.O. Box 1065Arlington, TX 76004-1065To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:Facial recognition systems are increasingly utilized by law enforcement agencies. This allows officers to quickly identify persons of interest through the use of an extensive database and a tool such as FaceFirst.I would like for this request:-any contractual documents including purchase orders, delivery orders, bids, quotes, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts with facial recognition companies like FaceFirst Inc., Face Searcher by Allevate Limited, Face-VACS by Cognitec Systems GmbH, First Line Facial Recognition by Blue Line Technology, any products by Animetrics, SCRAM remote breath by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, or MegaMatcher by Neurotechnology. Other systems may also be used, such as the system developed by the FBI. -any policies or guidelines about the use of facial recognition technology-any grant applications or reports to any oversight bodies-The total number of individuals who have been identified through the use of facial recognition systems over the last three yearsThe 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely, Curtis Waltman------Filed via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 35595-41982650@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRockDEPT MR 35595411A Highland AveSomerville, MA 02144-2516PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.------

Your public information request to the City of Arlington, received 3/31/2017, has been referred to me for response. We have searched our records and have been unable to locate any records maintained by the City responsive to your request for Police records. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this matter.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Elerson
Police
Under the Texas Public Information Act you have the right to request access for inspection or copies of the requested records. Failure to make arrangements for inspection or payment for copies by the 30th day after notice of their availability will result in the closure of your request.

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