California Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR) (Desert Hot Springs Police Department)

Dave Maass filed this request with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department of Desert Hot Springs, CA .
Multi Request California Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR)
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From: Dave Maass


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, 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 2018;
6) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2018;
7) The aggregate number of detections collected during 2019;
8) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2019.
9) The aggregate number of detections collected during 2020;
10) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2020.

To date, more than 60 California law enforcement agencies have provided us this data, including: American Canyon Police Department, Auburn Police Department, Bakersfield Police Department, Bell Gardens Police Department, Bell Police Department, Beverly Hills Police Department, Brentwood Police Department, Buena Park Police Department, Carlsbad Police Department, Cathedral City Police Department, Citrus Heights Police Department, Claremont Police Department, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, CSU Fullerton Police Department, Cypress Police Department, Emeryville Police Department, Folsom Police Department, Fullerton Police Department, Galt Police Department, Garden Grove Police Department, Gardena Police Department, Hemet Police Department, Hermosa Beach Police Department, Irvine Police Department, La Habra Police Department, La Mesa Police Department, La Verne Police Department, Laguna Beach Police Department, Livermore Police Department, Lodi Police Department, Martinez Police Department, Merced Police Department, Mill Valley Police Department, Modesto Police Department, Newport Beach Police Department, Orange County Sheriff's Office, Orange Police Department, Palm Springs Police Department, Pasadena Police Department, Pleasant Hill Police Department, Pomona Police Department, Redlands Police Department, Redondo Beach Police Department, Sacramento Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office, San Diego County Sheriff's Office, San Diego Police Department, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, Sausalito Police Department, Seal Beach Police Department, Simi Valley Police Department, Stockton Police Department, Tiburon Police Department, Torrance Police Department, Tracy Police Department, Tustin Police Department, Woodland Police Department, and the Yolo County Sheriff's Office.

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 5-10: 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Dave Maass

From: Desert Hot Springs Police Department

Mr. Maass,

This email is in response to your February 8, 2021 request under the California Public Records Act, Government Code § 6250 et seq. (“the Act”), for records related to Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) data sharing.

Please be advised that City staff is working diligently to search for, and retrieve copies of, records relevant to your request. Accordingly, the City intends to produce records “promptly” as mandated by Government Code § 6253(b). The City anticipates providing the requested records by March 1, 2021. Please rest assured, that the City is mindful of and intends to meet its obligations under the Act.

If you have further questions about this matter, please contact me.

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From: Desert Hot Springs Police Department

Dear Mr. Maass,

The City of Desert Hot Springs ("City") is in receipt of your request under the California Public Records Act, Government Code § 6250 et. seq., dated February 8, 2021 (the "Request"). In your Request, you provided a questionnaire for names of any agencies to which the City shares Automated License Plate Reader ("ALPR") data and for aggregate number of detections of plate scans.

On February 19, 2021, the City provided an initial response to your Request indicating that the City was diligently retrieving relevant records. The City further indicated it would provide production by an estimated date of March 1, 2021.

The City has discovered potentially responsive records related to ALPRs. However, the City notes that your Request is not for records, but rather for "information" responsive to your questionnaire. The City does not believe this is a proper Request under the California Public Records Act because the Request is not asking for any records. (Gov. Code § 6253.)

Nonetheless, in the spirit of transparency, the City will provide answers, to the extent possible, to your questionnaire as outlined below. As you indicated in your Request, the aggregate data must be obtained through a third-party system. The City was unable to access some of the information despite its best efforts.

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;

The City does not share this information.

1. The names of agencies and organizations from which the Agency receives ALPR data;

The City does not receive ALPR data from other agencies.

1. The names of agencies and organizations with which the Agency shares "hot list" information;

California Department of Justice.

1. The names of agencies and organizations from which the Agency receives "hot list" information;

California Department of Justice.

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

1. The aggregate number of detections collected during 2018;

Not Accessible.

1. The aggregate number of "hits" during 2018;

Seven.

1. The aggregate number of detections collected during 2019;

Not Accessible.

1. The aggregate number of "hits" during 2019.

Five.

1. The aggregate number of detections collected during 2020;

Not Accessible.

1. The aggregate number of "hits" during 2020.

Four.

If you have any questions, please contact the Commander Corinn Pickett and/or the Deputy City Attorney Tuan-Anh Vu.

Sincerely,

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