Real-Time Crime Center - Houston

Jessica Romo filed this request with the Houston Police Department of Houston, TX.
Tracking #

19-10432

Due Oct. 25, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Jessica Romo


To Whom It May Concern:

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

- Budget documents for the Houston Police Department Real-Time Crime Center for the FY 2008, 2010, 2017, 2018 and 2019 or any other years that have been already budgeted for;

- Data or records that show the locations of the cameras and automated-license plate readers that feed into the Real-Time Crime Center (e.g. GPS location, Lat/Lon, intersection, etc);

- Procurement records for television and computer monitors for the Real-time Crime Center;

- All contracts, agreements, and procurement records for use of automated license plate reader technology for the Real-time Crime Center;

- All contracts, agreements, and procurement records for data analysis software for the Real-time Crime Center;

- All contracts, agreements, and procurement records for data storage for the Real-time Crime Center;

- All policies, practices, and standard operating procedures associated with the Real-time Crime Center;

- All audits of the Real-time Crime Center;

- Records reflecting the number of staff and salaries of workers at the Real-time Crime Center;

- Records reflecting the organizational structure and command structure of the Real-time Crime Center;

- All contracts, agreements, MOUs with external law enforcement agencies, including but not limited to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

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,

Jessica Romo

From: Houston Police Department

Good afternoon.

Please clarify in your request a time frame or which you would like us to search. In regards to MOUs, agreements, contracts etc. with external law enforcement agencies, are you wanting them from a specific time frame or from the entirety of agreements?

I ask for clarification because we are looking at minimum of 100 hours of labor and a year to complete your request. We will also need to send you an estimate and have a deposit paid before work can begin.

Thank you,
Open Records Unit - ksc

From: Jessica Romo

Good afternoon,

I am interested in narrowing down my request. I am seeking out basic information about how the Real-Time Crime Center operates. What documents are you able to provide that would take the least amount of effort for your staff?

From: Houston Police Department

Good morning.

In regards to winnowing down your request - you request is very broad. If you can narrow your scope to a specific time frame that would be very helpful. Giving a specific time frame gives us a very specific window to check. It also gives us fewer documents, if any, to have to go to the Attorney General about.

For instance, this portion of the request, tells us we should look from Day One of Houston Police Department to present, from all divisions: all contracts, agreements, MOUS with external law enforcement agencies, including but not limited to Harris County Sheriff's Office. Narrowing the request to five years or ten years would definitely give a much quicker response.

If you would prefer to speak with me, you can reach me at 713-308-3265.

Thank you,
ORU- Kim

From: Jessica Romo

Hello Kim,

I would like to narrow down my request to the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Thank you,
Jessica Romo

From: Houston Police Department

Good morning.

We are searching through the MOUs at this time. There are approximately 300 being sifted through. We have come across some that involve undercover operations and employees. Undercover incidents and employees are typically considered confidential and as such, we would have to send those specific MOUs to the Attorney General unless you're willing to, as MuckRock has done before, let us maintain the confidentiality like you do with the open and active cases and cases involving juveniles.

Also, in the case of contracts, you will need to request those from the City of Houston. Houston Police Department is a division of but the City is what enters into the contracts.

Please let me know how we should proceed as soon as possible. As soon as I have your answer and all the information you've requested, I can begin working on your estimate letter.
Thanks,
ORU- Kim

From: Houston Police Department

Please find attached a letter to the Attorney General regarding your request. Please note that a follow up letter will follow shortly.

Thank you,
Kim - Open Records Unit

From: Houston Police Department

Please find attached a letter to the Attorney General regarding your request. Please note this process can take up to 60 business days to complete and is not a guarantee that you will receive the requested information.

Thank you, ORU - Kim

From: Houston Police Department

Your request was sent to the Attorney General for a review and ruling. Once we have the ruling, we will be able to proceed.

Thank you,
Open Records Unit - Kim

From: Houston Police Department

Your request was sent to the Attorney General for a review and ruling. Once we have the ruling, we will be able to proceed.

Thank you,
Open Records Unit - Kim

From: Houston Police Department

We are still awaiting an AG ruling. We will have no update until a response is receive from the AG Office.

Thank you.
ORU - kc

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