Mobile Biometric Technologies (Danville Police Department)

Dave Maass filed this request with the Danville Police Department of Danville, VA.
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From: Tom Nash

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Dear Custodian of Records/Public Records Coordinator,

I am collaborating with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a public interest group, and the media organization MuckRock, to survey how law enforcement agencies deploy mobile biometric technologies.

Mobile biometric technologies can be defined as any mobile device or mobile app used by law enforcement agencies to scan, capture, analyze, store, or automatically recognize any physical or biological characteristic of a subject. Commonly used mobile biometric technologies include fingerprint/thumbprint collection, facial recognition, scans of the iris or other elements of the human eye, Rapid DNA, and tattoo recognition. (Please see below for examples.)

Pursuant to Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I request the following records pertaining to mobile biometric technologies, including those listed above, as well as other biometric technologies I have not identified:

1) Purchasing and procurement documents, including but not limited to: purchase orders, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts

2) Policy, procedural, and training documents, including but not limited to: use policies, standard operating procedures, training materials, presentations, privacy assessments, data retention policies, and other guidelines

3) Programming documents, including but not limited to: funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports

4) Audit documents, including but not limited to: audits of the system, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies

In your response, I would appreciate that you individually address each of the above categories of documents individually.

In addition to the above classes of documents, I am also seeking the following information:

- The total number of individuals whose biometric data has been collected over the last three years,
- The total number of [biometric data points] contained in the agency’s database
- The retention period for biometric data
- The number of mobile biometrics devices purchased and in use
- The total number of authorized users of the mobile biometrics devices
- Which external agencies and entities have access to biometric data in the database and under what conditions,
- Whether biometric data is combined with biographic data such as name and address in the database, and
- The process by which data is entered into the database

These documents will be published online and inform the public dialog over police technology. Because of the great public interest in these issues, I ask that you waive any fees. If your agency is unable to do so, please contact me with an estimate of the costs.

Thank you.


Tom Nash
Virginia resident
114A S Boulevard
Richmond, Va


Mobile facial recognition

Mobile fingerprint readers

Mobile iris scanners

Rapid DNA

Mobile Tattoo Recognition

From: Wiles, Christopher

Dear Mr. Nash,

The Danville Police Department charges for the actual cost associated with accessing, duplicating, supplying, or searching for the requested records. Because of the extensive nature of your records request, fulfilling it is likely to exceed $200.00. Due to the amount of time required to search for and produce the requested records, I estimate the cost to produce the requested records to be approximately $220.00 to $250.00. Pursuant to §2.2-3704(H) of the Code of Virginia we may, before continuing to process your request, require you to agree to payment of a deposit not to exceed the amount of the advance determination. In your request you stated that you wished to be contacted with an estimate of the cost. Please advise how you want to proceed. Additionally, I want to confirm the mailing address to where we would send the reply as 114A S. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220.

Christopher K. Wiles, Major
Services Division
Danville Police Department
427 Patton St
PO Box 3300
Danville, VA 24543
434.799.6505 office
434.773.8115 fax

From: Michael Morisy


Thanks so much for the response. We'd like to narrow our request if possible, and was wondering if you let us know which technologies/vendors your department uses so we can be more specific?

Thanks in advance.

From: Wiles, Christopher

Mr. Nash,

The only technology we have that is included in your list is a single mobile fingerprint unit. The unit is a 3M Cogent Fusion. Although it has the ability to perform face, iris and fingerprint scanning, it is currently only used by our Crime Scene Unit on latent fingerprints from crime scenes.

Christopher K. Wiles, Major
Services Division
Danville Police Department
427 Patton St
PO Box 3300
Danville, VA 24543
434.799.6505 office
434.773.8115 fax


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