Persistent Surveillance Systems Invoices (Fort Worth Police Department)

Brandon Smith filed this request with the Fort Worth Police Department of Fort Worth, TX.
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From: Brandon Smith

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All records responsive to the below requests dated from January 1, 2014 through July 28, 2016.
- The full documentation of all contracts or non-disclosure agreements (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with the companies "Persistent Surveillance Systems" or "Vigilant Solutions"
- Copies of all invoices to or from these companies, and documents sufficient to show any and all disbursement of public funds to either company
- The full documentation of all contracts (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with any company other than the two cited above, in which said company provides your department with equipment or services (including software) for 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.
- Copies of all invoices to or from any company that fits the description in the prior paragraph, and documents sufficient to show any disbursement of public funds to any company that fits this description
- All emails between police department email accounts and users on the domains "pss-1.com" or "vigilantsolutions.com". (One example would be brian.schockley@vigilantsolutions.com. Users on the domain would be in the form of XXXXXXXXX@vigilantsolutions.com)
- All paper-based communications between your department and Persistent Surveillance Systems, and between your department and Vigilant Solutions. In asking for all paper and electronic correspondence, this request necessarily includes marketing materials and descriptions of product capabilities for any device, software, or access/capability this department has purchased. A circuit court judge in Illinois recently ruled that non-disclosure agreements signed by public bodies do not trump freedom of information laws when it comes to surveillance equipment/capability purchased by police. Citation:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/chicago-police-must-finally-produce-stingray-records-judge-orders/
- Documents sufficient to show all rules or regulations governing the use of products (hardware or software) that do 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.
- The text of all agreements (whether formal, email, memo, or otherwise) between your department and any other public body or department that allows your department to use or access the capabilities of 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.
- Documents sufficient to show the month and year your department first entered a program of scanning license plates or accessing a database of scanned plates, if it indeed has such a program (and end date of said program if it has ended).
- Documents sufficient to show the total number of license plates scanned in your department's jurisdiction (whether the jurisdiction in this case is precisely or roughly represented) since the department began its plate-scanning program or first purchased access to such a program
- Documents sufficient to show the month and year your department first entered a program of persistent aerial surveillance, if it indeed has such a program (and end date of said program if it has ended).
- Documents sufficient to show the number of plane-hours of aerial surveillance (excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions) purchased by your department within the dates at the top of this request. For example, one plane flying for four hours is four plane-hours. Two planes flying for four hours is eight plane-hours.
- Documents sufficient to show any attempt made by a representative of your department to inform the public about automatic license plate readers or persistent aerial surveillance. This could include but is not limited to records of town hall meetings, quotes from police spokespeople in local media, or text from the department's 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brandon Smith

From: Aguilar, Javier M.

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08/03/2016

Brandon Smith

Re: City of Fort Worth Public Information Request No.: W053995-080216
Clarification for Public Information Request

Dear Brandon Smith,

The City received a public information request from you on 8/1/2016. Your request mentioned Police Records - "*see original request attached* August 1, 2016 Fort Worth Police Department Records and Information Management Office 1000 Throckmorton Street, Room L31 Fort Worth, Texas 76102 Lower Level City Hall To Whom It May Concern: Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records: All records responsive to the below requests dated from January 1, 2014 through July 28, 2016. - The full documentation of all contracts or non-disclosure agreements (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with the companies "Persistent Surveillance Systems" or "Vigilant Solutions" - Copies of all invoices to or from these companies, and documents sufficient to show any and all disbursement of public funds to either company - The full documentation of all contracts (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with any company other than the two cited above, in which said company provides your department with equipment or services (including software) for 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions. - Copies of all invoices to or from any company that fits the description in the prior paragraph, and documents sufficient to show any disbursement of public funds to any company that fits this description - All emails between police department email accounts and users on the domains "pss-1.com" or "vigilantsolutions.com". (One example would be brian.schockley@vigilantsolutions.com. Users on the domain would be in the form of XXXXXXXXX@vigilantsolutions.com) - All paper-based communications between your department and Persistent Surveillance Systems, and between your department and Vigilant Solutions. In asking for all paper and electronic correspondence, this request necessarily includes marketing materials and descriptions of product capabilities for any device, software, or access/capability this department has purchased. A circuit court judge in Illinois recently ruled that non-disclosure agreements signed by public bodies do not trump freedom of information laws when it comes to surveillance equipment/capability purchased by police. Citation: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/chicago-police-must-finally-produce-stingray-records-judge-orders/ - Documents sufficient to show all rules or regulations governing the use of products (hardware or software) that do 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions. - The text of all agreements (whether formal, email, memo, or otherwise) between your department and any other public body or department that allows your department to use or access the capabilities of 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions. - Documents sufficient to show the month and year your department first entered a program of scanning license plates or accessing a database of scanned plates, if it indeed has such a program (and end date of said program if it has ended). - Documents sufficient to show the total number of license plates scanned in your department's jurisdiction (whether the jurisdiction in this case is precisely or roughly represented) since the department began its plate-scanning program or first purchased access to such a program - Documents sufficient to show the month and year your department first entered a program of persistent aerial surveillance, if it indeed has such a program (and end date of said program if it has ended). - Documents sufficient to show the number of plane-hours of aerial surveillance (excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions) purchased by your department within the dates at the top of this request. For example, one plane flying for four hours is four plane-hours. Two planes flying for four hours is eight plane-hours. - Documents sufficient to show any attempt made by a representative of your department to inform the public about automatic license plate readers or persistent aerial surveillance. This could include but is not limited to records of town hall meetings, quotes from police spokespeople in local media, or text from the department's 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 10 business days, as the statute requires. Sincerely, Brandon Smith ------ Filed via MuckRock.com E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com For mailed responses, please address (see note): MuckRock DEPT MR 27397 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144-2516." This letter is to clarify what information that you are seeking from the City.

This clarification request is for the email portion of your request. Please clarify whose emails you are seeking so that we may be able to focus only on those email accounts that may be responsive to your request. Or if in fact you are asking that we search every police department employee.

If you would like for the City to proceed with your public information request, please respond in writing to the City at the address below within sixty-one (61) days from 08/03/2016, if you intend to proceed with this request. Otherwise, the City will consider your request withdrawn.

Officer J.M. Aguilar #3020
Fort Worth Police Department
Legal Liaison Officer/Open Records Unit
350 W Belknap St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
OFFICE: 817-392-4315
FAX: 817-392-4403

From: Brandon Smith

Officer Aguilar:

Thank you for your prompt response. I recognize that this is a complex request and I appreciate the chance to clarify myself.

Yes, I would like you search the account of every police department employee. I know this is a substantial number of accounts, but your IT team should easily be able to identify all material transferred between your domain and the specific domains listed.

Thank you again,
Brandon

From: Fort Worth Open Records Center

Dear Mr. Smith,
Please find attached the cost estimate letter associated with your public information request.   Please select the option you would like us to proceed with, sign and return it to us so that we may continue processing your request.
Thank you,
Annette Henderson Public Information Coordinator, City of Fort Worth Records and Information Management Office Phone: (817) 392-8184 Publicinformation@fortworthtexas.gov City of Fort Worth – Working together to build a strong community.

From: Trevino, Will

Good afternoon Mr. Smith:

Attached, please find information regarding your Public Information Request No. W053995. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email or at the number below.

Sincerely,

Will Trevino
Assistant City Attorney
City of Fort Worth
City Attorney's Office
1000 Throckmorton Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Phone: (817) 392-7553
Fax: (817) 392-8359
Will.Trevino@FortWorthTexas.gov<mailto:Will.Trevino@FortWorthTexas.gov>

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From: Aguilar, Javier M.

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August 22, 2016

Brandon Smith

Via Email: requests@muckrock.com

Re: Public Information Request W053995-080216

Brandon Smith,

This letter responds to your request for information to the City of Fort Worth received in our office on August 2, 2016.

The City of Fort Worth has reviewed its file and has determined there are no responsive documents to your request for the following:

1. Documents sufficient to show the total number of license plates scanned.

2. Documents sufficient to show the number of plane-hours of aerial surveillance

3. Documents sufficient to show any attempt made by a representative of your department to inform the public about automatic license plate readers or persistent aerial surveillance.

Officer J.M. Aguilar #3020
Fort Worth Police Department
Legal Liaison/Open Records Unit
350 W Belknap St. Fort Worth, Texas 76102
OFFICE: 817-392-4315
FAX: 817-392-4403

From: Fort Worth Police Department

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From: Fort Worth Police Department

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