Delaware - Record Layout of Traffic Stop Data

Peninsula Press filed this request with the Delaware State Police of Delaware.
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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

To Whom It May Concern:

I am the managing editor of Peninsula Press, a multimedia news website based out of Stanford University in California. We are working on collecting data on traffic stops and searches made by state patrols across the country, but I'm initially gathering information about what datapoints each state collects.

Pursuant to Delaware's Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

I’d like to please request the record layout (the format of a data record, which includes the name, type and size of each field in the record) or data dictionary for your state’s records of traffic stops made on your roads. (What are all the datapoints you collect and keep record of when traffic stops are made?)

The requested data will be analyzed, eventually be made available to the general public and be used for editorial purposes. This request is not being made for commercial purposes. We kindly ask the request be filled electronically — via Excel or another database format. Data can be emailed to vram@stanford.edu or shared via a Dropbox link. In the event data has to be sent physically on a CD or thumb drive, please mail to Peninsula Press, Stanford Journalism Program, 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vignesh Ramachandran

Vignesh Ramachandran
Managing Editor, Peninsula Press
Stanford Journalism Program
email vram@stanford.edu
phone 650.723.0703
physical mail 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305

From: Chandler, Kimberly (DSHS)

Mr. Ramachandran,

We will need additional information to process your request. Please provide more details regarding “what are all the datapoints you collect” or specific examples of the data you are seeking. Thanks, Kimberly

Kimberly H. Chandler
Delaware Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security
302.744.2667 (office)
302-632.7060 (cell)

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Hi Kimberly,

Thanks for your response. When traffic stops are made, generally information is collected about the location of the stop, the reasons why, the vehicle information, the demographics of the driver, the officer information, etc. It varies state to state what information is collected. In Delaware, we would like information about what data points are collected during traffic stops and then recorded.

Thanks,
Vignesh

From: Chandler, Kimberly (DSHS)

Mr. Ramachandran,
As requested in your email below, I have attached a document listing the data cells collected during a traffic stop. Please note we are unable to provide a report for each individual data cell. The only report that could be run from this data is an aggregate analysis.

Thanks, Kimberly

Kimberly H. Chandler
Delaware Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security
302.744.2667 (office)
302-632.7060 (cell)

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thanks for the information!

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 29, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Chandler, Kimberly (DSHS)

Mr. Ramachandran,
Records responsive to your request were sent via email on July 24, 2015. Please note we are unable to provide a report for each individual data cell. Thanks, Kimberly

Kimberly H. Chandler
Delaware Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security
302.744.2667 (office)
302-632.7060 (cell)

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