Shotspotter Detroit (City of Detroit)

Jason Koebler filed this request with the City of Detroit of Detroit, MI.

It is a clone of this request.

Multi Request Shotspotter Detroit
Due Oct. 4, 2022
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Jason Koebler

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Recent media reports show Detroit uses the Shotspotter system and has collected data on its efficacy:

Therefore, I request the following:

1) All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials (including recorded video and audio, PowerPoint files, prepared remarks, and slides formats), and other guidance on police use of Shotspotter. This includes A) any notes taking during meetings that discussed the use of Shotspotter, B) any explanations (whether internally or externally generated) of how this program works, and C) any other document that has been used to help explain the use of this program to any party, including internal documentation, public relations materials, and executive summaries.

2) 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 between the police department (or the city of Detroit) and Shotspotter.

3) Any digital communications including but not limited to emails and text messages) as well as documents, (including but not limited to PDF, word processing, excel, and slide documents) related to this legislation and its implementation.

4) Any crime data and deployment / efficacy data for Shotspotter.

This will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE Media's science and tech site ( Because of the time sensitive nature of this information, I request expedited processing.

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.


Jason Koebler

From: City of Detroit

Dear Mr. Koebler:

Thank you for your patience in this matter. I am inquiring into the status of your FOIA request A22-24007. I will keep you advised.


Karl Newman
Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel
FOIA Section
City of Detroit Law Department
(313) 237-0413