PIA Request: Documents identifying the equipment mounted on city owned light pole at the corner of McHenry Street and South Pulaski Street.

Shawn Breen filed this request with the Baltimore Police Department of Baltimore, MD .
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20 1446

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From: Shawn Breen


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records related to identifying the type of equipment seen in the photos accompanying this request which is currently mounted to city owned light poles. The equipment is circled in red in the attached photo and the location is at the corner of McHenry Street and South Pulaski Street and is depicted by a star on the attached Google Map. This request is only seeking any documents that identify what type of equipment this is, who it is owned by and any permission given by the city of Baltimore to mount it on the light pole to any third party.

It is believed that this equipment is part of the Shotspotter system.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Breen

From: Baltimore Police Department

Dear Mr. Shawn Breen:

This is an acknowledgement of your request below, for public information, submitted to the Document Compliance Unit ("DCU") of the Baltimore Police Department ("BPD"). Your request is governed by the Maryland Public Information Act ("PIA"), Maryland Code, General Provisions Article ("GP"), Sections 4-101 et seq. DCU will process your request promptly. However, our response may take longer than ten (10) working days, the reasons for which may include the scope of your request, the type and volume of potentially responsive records, and the nature of the search, review, and preparation that is required. In any event, DCU will respond to your request within thirty (30) days. GP § 4-203.

DCU will contact you with the availability of records and the possible costs associated with this request, as soon as the information is made available by the Custodian of Records. Likewise, if DCU and/or the Custodian of Records need you to clarify your request, DCU will contact you promptly.
Please refer to tracking # MPIA 20-1446 in any subsequent correspondence pertaining to this matter. All follow up correspondence should be made in writing and submitted to the DCU's e-mail:
Please understand that because of COVID-19, the Baltimore Police Department, Document Compliance Unit ("DCU") is working under a state of emergency and mandated to work remotely. DCU will work diligently to respond to your request as quickly as possible. Please note responses to document request may take longer than normal.

DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>.

Ken Hurst
Contract Specialist
Baltimore Police Department
Office of Legal Affairs
Document Compliance Unit
410-637-8684

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From: Baltimore Police Department

Date September 16, 2020
Shawn Breen
Muck Rock
DEPT MR 99927
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Re: MPIA 20-1446- Shot Spotter Location

Dear Mr. Shawn Breen:

You have made a request for public records pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA), which is the General Provisions Article, § 4-101, et seq., of the Annotated Code of Maryland for “The equipment located at McHenry Street and South Pulaski Street documents that identify what type of equipment it is, who it is owned by and any permission given by the city of Baltimore to mount it on the light pole to any third party.”
Please see below in reference to your request.

* It’s not our equipment, but we wouldn’t confirm if it was or not, as the location of sensors is a trade secret.

Because neither I nor any employee of Legal Affairs are the Custodian of Records of the records you requested, I have no personal knowledge of the existence of any documents with the exception of those forwarded to Legal Affairs. Please refer to Tracking Number # MPIA 20 1446 in any subsequent correspondence in this matter.

Ken Hurst
Contract Specialist
Baltimore Police Department
Office of Legal Affairs
Document Compliance Unit
410-637-8684

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information contained in or attached to this e-mail message may be a privileged and confidential attorney/client communication, or otherwise confidential, and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are notified that any distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the Legal Affairs Division immediately by telephone at 410-396-2496 and DELETE the message from your system immediately.

The materials in this e-mail are private and may contain sensitive law enforcement information. Please note that e-mail is not necessarily confidential or secure. Use of e-mail constitutes your acknowledgment of these confidentiality and security limitations. If you are not the intended recipient, be advised that any unauthorized use, disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited as covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510-2521. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender via telephone or return e-mail.

From: Baltimore Police Department

Date September 16, 2020
Shawn Breen
Muck Rock
DEPT MR 99927
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Re: MPIA 20-1446- Shot Spotter Location

Dear Mr. Shawn Breen:

You have made a request for public records pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA), which is the General Provisions Article, § 4-101, et seq., of the Annotated Code of Maryland “The equipment at the location of McHenry Street and South Pulaski Street documents that identify what type of equipment it is, who it is owned by and any permission given by the city of Baltimore to mount it on the light pole to any third party.”
Please see below in reference to your request.

*Regarding the photo for items mounted on city poles, this equipment is not ShotSpotter equipment. ShotSpotter would not acknowledge the location if the equipment was owned and operated by the company as those remain law enforcement sensitive. Sensor locations are trade secret items used by the Baltimore Police to detect illegal gunfire, thus remain highly confidential as a matter of public safety. However, the equipment pictured in the MPIA is not owned by ShotSpotter.

Because neither I nor any employee of Legal Affairs are the Custodian of Records of the records you requested, I have no personal knowledge of the existence of any documents with the exception of those forwarded to Legal Affairs. Please refer to Tracking Number # MPIA 20 1446 in any subsequent correspondence in this matter.

Here is the actual response I received which is more proper than what I sent first.

Ken Hurst
Contract Specialist
Baltimore Police Department
Office of Legal Affairs
Document Compliance Unit
410-637-8684

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information contained in or attached to this e-mail message may be a privileged and confidential attorney/client communication, or otherwise confidential, and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are notified that any distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the Legal Affairs Division immediately by telephone at 410-396-2496 and DELETE the message from your system immediately.

The materials in this e-mail are private and may contain sensitive law enforcement information. Please note that e-mail is not necessarily confidential or secure. Use of e-mail constitutes your acknowledgment of these confidentiality and security limitations. If you are not the intended recipient, be advised that any unauthorized use, disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited as covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510-2521. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender via telephone or return e-mail.

From: Shawn Breen

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Shawn Breen

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