Predpol documents, Campbell

Caroline Haskins filed this request with the Campbell County Sheriff of Campbell County, WY.
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From: Caroline Haskins

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Wyoming Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Recent media reports suggest that the Campbell Police Department has made use of or will make use of Predpol predictive policing software (, as the department has a Predpol login portal (

Therefore, I am requesting the following records related to the above program:

* Any software and algorithms developed for the implementation of the program. I'm particularly interested in any algorithms that have a public policy outcome, such as providing guidance on a policy or an assessment of an individual. More generally, I would like any software that was developed by or with, given to, used by, purchased or licensed to this agency for implementation of the above referenced program. This would include original source code, any compiled binaries (also known as executables), spreadsheets, program scripts, and other digital materials used to calculate any data in the above program. It would also include the input training data for machine learning algorithms. Collectively, these responsive materials will be referred to as "the software" in the following paragraphs.

* All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials (including recorded video and audio, PowerPoint files, prepared remarks, and slides formats), and other guidance on the use of "the software." This includes any notes taking during meetings that discussed the use of the software, any explanations (whether internally or externally generated) of how the software works, and any other document that has been used to help explain the use of "the software" to any party, including internal documentation, public relations materials, and executive summaries. This also includes any description of input and output data fields that will aid in understanding the type of information that is submitted to the software, and that is produced by the software.

* A copy of any privacy impact assessments, use policies, standard operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions, warranties, non-disclosure agreements, contracts, liability waivers, insurance agreements, Requests for Proposals, Responses to Requests for Proposal, Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Interest, usage policies, or informal agreements that reference "the software" or otherwise guide it use or the relationship between this agency and the provider or developer of the software.

* A copy of any funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports that mention the use of the Software, as well as audit records, including but not limited to security audits of the software, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies.
* A copy of any validation studies conducted with respect to the program or with respect to any software or algorithms used in connection with the program, and a copy of any records pertaining to inquiries for the need of validation studies, or discussion of potential or actual validation studies. By “validation study,” I mean any study designed to assess how accurate the program is in predicting what it is supposed to predict, or to assess whether the program may err in the direction of either under- or overestimating likelihoods or predicted outcomes, or may produce any results that are biased or unexpected in any way.

* For the aspects of the software that require an input, for example, to compute a value, we request a copy of the five most recent sets of data that were used for input, as well as the five most recent outputs of the software, in whatever their native format is. If these inputs or outputs include exempt information, we ask that you exempt only that information which is specifically exempted from law, and provide the other material.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. It will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE’s science and technology website (

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.


Caroline Haskins

From: Caroline Haskins

Hello, I am following up because I have not received a response within the time frame that the statute requires. Please acknowledge this note as soon as possible.

Thank you,
Caroline Haskins

From: Campbell County Sheriff

Greetings Ms. Haskins,
I am the point of contact for public records requests for Campbell County and I'm in receipt of your communication dated July 22, 2019.
Ms. Haskins, in order to best assist you can you please complete the attached Public Information Request form? Once we have the completed form we will review to determine who is the custodian of the information you are requesting, and from there we can provide a more specific timeline for addressing your inquiry.

Thank you,

Ivy Castleberry
Public Information Coordinator
Campbell County Commissioners Office
500 S. Gillette Ave., Suite 1100
Gillette, WY 82716
Office: (307) 687-6318
Mobile: (307) 680-6318<>


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From: Caroline Haskins

I've copied and pasted the records I requested into this document. However, the text is definitely more legible in the digital version of this request that I filed nine months ago.

From: Campbell County Sheriff

Ms. Castleberry,
I will renew my previous response. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office does not have any documents or other information in its possession responsive to this request. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has never made use of Predpol or any similar software or predictive policing computer program. The login portal referred to in the request does not belong to Campbell County, Wyoming. The request refers to recent media reports and refers to our agency as “Campbell Police Department.” A quick Google search produces an article regarding Campbell, CA as using the software. Likewise, we are not a police department but rather the office of the elected county sheriff. It appears that the requestor has confused this agency with someone else. If you need anything further, please let me know.

Charlene Edwards
Campbell County Deputy Attorney
500 S. Gillette Ave. Suite B200
Gillette, WY 82716