2021 Vigilant Data Sharing Information - Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR)

Robert Galbraith filed this request with the Buffalo Police Department of Buffalo, NY.
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From: Robert Galbraith


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

Part A: Information related to Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) data sharing.

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;

Part B: Information Related to Numbers of “Detections” (plate scans) and “Hits” (plate scans that matched to a hotlist)

5) The aggregate number of detections collected during 2020;
6) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2020;

Approximately two years ago your agency provided the equivalent information in response to a records request. You can view your agency’s previous release here: https://www.eff.org/pages/explore-alpr

For items 1-4: This information is easily available within the Agency’s Vigilant Solutions 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

For items 5-6: This information is easily available within the Agency’s Vigilant Solutions 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. 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 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Robert Galbraith

From: Buffalo Police Department


4/27/2021

Muckrock
requests@muckrock.com

Re: FOIL Request (Data on Automatic License Plate Readers)

The City of Buffalo Police Department is in receipt of your Freedom of
Information Law request. Please allow this letter to serve as an
acknowledgment of your request pursuant to New York State Public Officer’s
Law, Section 89, entitled Freedom of Information Law.

Please be advised that your request is being processed by the Police
Department. BPD will then conduct a diligent search to determine whether we
are in possession of the record for which you seek access. Due to the large
number of requests the department is currently handling, please allow (40)
business days for a determination regarding your request for records.

Please be advised also that access to Public Officers Law, 87(1)(b), the
costs for redacted and/ or copied material emailed or mailed is $0.25 per
page not in the access of 9”x14”, any street surveillance is $43.00 per
disk and any redacted body cam footage starts at $42.68.

Respectfully,
Jeff Rinaldo

Captain
HQ

From: Buffalo Police Department

Date: 04/27/2021

Muck Rock
requests@muckrock.com

Re: FOIL Request: (Data From Automatic License Plate Readers)

The City of Buffalo Police Department (BPD) is in receipt of your Freedom
of Information Law request. Please allow this letter to serve as an
acknowledgment of your request pursuant to New York State Public Officer’s
Law, Section 89, entitled Freedom of Information Law.

The BPD has researched your request for information pertaining to Data on
automatic license plate reader . Your request resulted in reports from the
Vigilant LPR System. Please be advised that going forward any redacted and
copied paperwork totaling over 5 pages will be charged.

Please be advised that you have the right to appeal any denial contained
herein in writing within thirty (30) days. Appeals must be directed to
Timothy A Ball, Corporation Counsel, City of Buffalo Law Department, 1100
City Hall, Buffalo NY 14202.

Respectfully,
Jeff Rinaldo

Captain
HQ

(See attached file: Buffalo Police Department_Data_Sharing_Report_04-28-21
(1).pdf)(See attached file: LEARN_DB_System_Detections_Report 2020.pdf)

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