Unmarked Vehicle Data, Policies, Reporting, Use (Gainesville Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Gainesville Police Department of Gainesville, FL.
Multi Request Unmarked Vehicle Data, Policies, Reporting, Use
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records regarding the use and reporting of use of unmarked vehicles by representatives and employees of this agency:

All policies, statutes, and guidance used to govern the use of unmarked vehicles or any other vehicle used or in the possession of this agency that is not clearly and obviously marked as a law enforcement vehicle.

Please include all policies regarding access to such vehicles, use of the vehicles, internal reporting requirements when such vehicles are used, and external reporting requirements.

A blank version of all forms and logs used by this agency in relation unmarked vehicles, including all those used to track use, damage, and the inventory of vehicles.

All available data, reports, audits, and other aggregated information regarding this agency’s inventory and use of unmarked vehicles for the period from January 1, 2015 through July 31, 2020.

In the initial acknowledgement letter from your agency, if you could please include an indication of whether your agency does use unmarked vehicles in some form, that would be appreciated.

For reference, here are examples of the kinds of materials that would be responsive to this request:
• Pennsylvania state statute (http://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pabull?file=/secure/pabulletin/data/vol35/35-2/55.html);
• opinion of the Wisconsin Attorney General (https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/misc/oag/archival/_293/_1/_16);
• Orlando Police Department policy (https://www.orlando.gov/files/sharedassets/public/documents/opd/policies-and-procedures/police-operations/1132.3-response-to-calls-traffic-stops-by-unmarked-police-vehicles.pdf);
• Howard County, Maryland Internal Audit Report of Police Take-Home Vehicle Program Audit - May 2018 (https://cc.howardcountymd.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=xwqgv-M7q9g%3D&tabid=132&portalid=0)
• Minneapolis’s Daily Activity Report (MP-3006) and Equipment Work Order Log (MP-5400)

If any portion of materials responsive to this request should be deemed unavailable or non-disclosable, please specifically identify the portions of the records or the specific information that is unavailable and the reason for the unavailability.

If any portion of this request is unclear or if this request could be modified to reduce the burden of producing responsive documents or provide them more efficiently or expeditiously, please reply with a request for clarification or a proposed modification.

This request is being made by a reporter as part of a journalistic investigation. It is being submitted as part of a project to better understand uses of police force nationwide, which has been of public interest for many years and which is of particular interest to large new swaths of the public following the widely-seen death of George Floyd and the First Amendment-protected demonstrations and public discussion that have followed.

In the event that there are fees appropriately assessed in association with this request, 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.


Beryl Lipton

From: Gainesville Police Department

Beryl Lipton,

This email acknowledges receipt of your public records request. Below are policies relating to unmarked vehicles used for law enforcement purposes which can be obtained from our website via the following link: https://www.powerdms.com/public/GPD/tree. Additional information will be provided at a later date in a separate email.

26.1 Rules of Conduct
61.1 Traffic Enforcement
22.10 Restricted Duty Assignments
41.4 Vehicle Pursuits
22.11 Admin Police Officers
41.3 Department Vehicles
81.1 Communication Functions
61.6 Traffic Crash Investigation
43.1 Vice Drugs and Organized Crime
42.1 Investigations Bureau Administration

Reggie Wilson

From: Gainesville Police Department

Beryl Lipton,

This email is a continuation of my initial response. Emails are submitted regarding vehicles malfunctions and Blue team incident report (see attached) are submitted for crash involvements. Maintenance records are maintained by Fleet Management who can be reached at 352-393-8259. Below is an inventory of our unmarked vehicles with the assigned city identification number. Additional information pertaining to unmarked vehicles such as related reports and emails will require extensive research time, which would result in the assessment of an advance payment of $100 being charged and paid prior to the commencement of further work. The advance payment required is $100 of the current estimated total cost of $200 (10 hours of labor at an hourly rate of $20). Florida Statute 119.07(4)(d) authorizes the imposition of a special service charge when the nature or volume of public records to be inspected is such as to require extensive use of information technology resources, or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance, or both. Your check or money order must be made payable to the "City of Gainesville" and mailed with the attached invoice to the following address: Gainesville Police Department, Attention: Reggie Wilson in Records Division, 545 NW 8th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601. Once your advance payment has been received and production of your request is completed, you will be informed of the final costs associated with your request. Attached are some of the documents requested.

Unmarked vehicles inventory.

Unmarked Operations
No Markings City of Gainesville Logo Command Staff
3929 3669 3924 4231 3872 3971
3968 3932 3927 4265 3873 4086
4104 4337 3928 4266 3874 4241
4290 5713 3930 4298 4317 4301
4296 3934 3931 4299 4462 4422
4329 4229 3936 4341 4098 4239
4362 4289 3940 4464 4240
4469 4002 3967 4466 4440
4468 4215 3997 4467
3342 4227 4010 3923
3709 3501 4023 3667
3711 3643 4070 3732
3731 3707 4099 3951
3809 3708 4102 4274
3849 3713 4170 3935
3922 3770 4203 3972
4000 3775 4205
3999 3805 4212
4465 3861 4220
4477 3878 4221

Reggie Wilson