California Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR) (Imperial County Sheriff's Office)

Marcus Boyd filed this request with the Imperial County Sheriff's Office of Imperial County, CA.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

21-0196

Multi Request California Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR)
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Marcus Boyd


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,

Marcus Boyd

From: Imperial County Sheriff's Office

To Whom It May Concern:

This office represents Imperial County Sheriff's Office ("ICSO"). On March 9, 2021 you submitted an email to our office following up on the above reference PRA, and requesting information as to when you could expect a response. Neither our office or ICSO has received any previous request from your organization. As such, ICSO will treat your March 9, 2021 request as the initial PRA request and will respond to your request by March 19, 2021.

Best Regards,
[Signature]
Mistelle Abdelmagied
Deputy County Counsel
940 W Main St. #205
El Centro, CA 92243
442-265-1120

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE -- This email is intended only for the person(s) named in the message header. Unless otherwise indicated, it contains information that is confidential, privileged and/or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender of the error and delete the message. Thank you

From: Imperial County Sheriff's Office

Good Afternoon:

Our office represents Imperial County Sheriff's Office ("ICSO"). ICSO is requesting a fourteen (14) day extension, via the attached letter. If you have any questions or wish to discuss further, please feel free to contact me.

Best Regards,
[Signature]
Mistelle Abdelmagied
Deputy County Counsel
940 W Main St. #205
El Centro, CA 92243
442-265-1120

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE -- This email is intended only for the person(s) named in the message header. Unless otherwise indicated, it contains information that is confidential, privileged and/or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender of the error and delete the message. Thank you.

From: Imperial County Sheriff's Office

To Whom It May Concern:

Due to Imperial County declaring a State of Emergency and recent events involving the County’s response to COVID-19, our response times for public records act requests during this time will be delayed. We will, however, diligently process any pending requests in accordance with Govt. Code §6253. With this preface, County of Imperial staff are currently searching to identify, compile in a compatible electronic format, review for pertinent exemptions, potentially redact, and finally produce the requested records as soon as possible. We anticipate being able to send you responsive records promptly under the circumstances.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this extension period, we welcome you to contact us so that we may work together to reach a mutually agreeable extension period and formulate a focused and effective request that reasonably describes an identifiable record or records. Otherwise, please find this request seeking for a 45-day extension in the meantime. Thank you for your patience.

Best Regards,
[Signature]
Mistelle Abdelmagied
Deputy County Counsel
940 W Main St. #205
El Centro, CA 92243
442-265-1120

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE -- This email is intended only for the person(s) named in the message header. Unless otherwise indicated, it contains information that is confidential, privileged and/or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender of the error and delete the message. Thank you

From: Imperial County Sheriff's Office

To Whom It May Concern:

I am including the body of an email sent to you on April 5, 2021; requesting a 45 (forty-five) day extension. That request was sent to the address you have written from above (you may need to search your email server as it was not returned as undeliverable). ICSO will respond to your request by May 19, 2021.

To Whom It May Concern:

Due to Imperial County declaring a State of Emergency and recent events involving the County’s response to COVID-19, our response times for public records act requests during this time will be delayed. We will, however, diligently process any pending requests in accordance with Govt. Code §6253. With this preface, County of Imperial staff are currently searching to identify, compile in a compatible electronic format, review for pertinent exemptions, potentially redact, and finally produce the requested records as soon as possible. We anticipate being able to send you responsive records promptly under the circumstances.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this extension period, we welcome you to contact us so that we may work together to reach a mutually agreeable extension period and formulate a focused and effective request that reasonably describes an identifiable record or records. Otherwise, please find this request seeking for a 45-day extension in the meantime. Thank you for your patience.

Best Regards,
[Signature]
Mistelle Abdelmagied
Deputy County Counsel
940 W Main St. #205
El Centro, CA 92243
442-265-1120

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE -- This email is intended only for the person(s) named in the message header. Unless otherwise indicated, it contains information that is confidential, privileged and/or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender of the error and delete the message. Thank you.

From: Imperial County Sheriff's Office

Good Morning:

Thank you for your patience, as your request was being researched. Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (“ICSO”) responds as follows to your request for information under the California Public Records Act:

Questions 1 and 2: Agencies who participate in the Automated License Plate Reader Program (“ALPR”) with ICSO include El Centro Police Department, Imperial Police Department, Calexico Police Department, Brawley Police Department, Westmorland Police Department, Imperial County District Attorney Investigators and HIDTA. ALPR information is shared between these agencies.

Questions 3 -10: ICSO will be making no disclosure of this information at this time; as the information requested is exempt under California Government Code Section 6254 (f).

If you have any questions or wish to discuss further, please feel free to contact me.

Best Regards,
[Signature]
Mistelle Abdelmagied
Deputy County Counsel
940 W Main St. #205
El Centro, CA 92243
442-265-1120

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE -- This email is intended only for the person(s) named in the message header. Unless otherwise indicated, it contains information that is confidential, privileged and/or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender of the error and delete the message. Thank you

From: Marcus Boyd

With all due respect, the California Supreme Court ruled in 2017 that this data is not protected by 6254 (f).
California Supreme Court ruling: https://www.eff.org/files/2017/08/31/aclu_v._superior_court_ca_supreme_court_ruling.pdf

To date, over 80 agencies in California have provided the full request for this data: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/04/data-driven-2-california-dragnet-new-dataset-shows-scale-vehicle-surveillance

Please reconsider your decision with regards to Questions 3 -10, and also provide Questions 1 & 2 in full, including all out-of-county, out-of-state, and out-of-country organizations from which the Agency receives and/or shares ALPR data. Much of which has been reported by other agencies that were not on the list that was provided in your 05/05/2021 response.

Sincerely,
Marcus Boyd

From: Imperial County Sheriff's Office

The following response was emailed to this address on May 5, 2021. We seem to be getting follow-up emails after we send a response, is there a way for you to check your records to make sure a response has not been sent previously?

Thank you.

Good Morning:

Thank you for your patience, as your request was being researched. Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (“ICSO”) responds as follows to your request for information under the California Public Records Act:

Questions 1 and 2: Agencies who participate in the Automated License Plate Reader Program (“ALPR”) with ICSO include El Centro Police Department, Imperial Police Department, Calexico Police Department, Brawley Police Department, Westmorland Police Department, Imperial County District Attorney Investigators and HIDTA. ALPR information is shared between these agencies.

Questions 3 -10: ICSO will be making no disclosure of this information at this time; as the information requested is exempt under California Government Code Section 6254 (f).

If you have any questions or wish to discuss further, please feel free to contact me.

Best Regards,
[Signature]
Mistelle Abdelmagied
Deputy County Counsel
940 W Main St. #205
El Centro, CA 92243
442-265-1120

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE -- This email is intended only for the person(s) named in the message header. Unless otherwise indicated, it contains information that is confidential, privileged and/or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender of the error and delete the message. Thank you

From: Imperial County Sheriff's Office

Good Morning Marcus:

We will look into the case you have provide and respond when we have fully researched your position.

In regards to Questions 1 and 2, the answer is complete. Those are the only agencies that ICSO receives or shares data of this sort with.

Best Regards,

Best Regards,
[Signature]
Mistelle Abdelmagied
Deputy County Counsel
940 W Main St. #205
El Centro, CA 92243
442-265-1120

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE -- This email is intended only for the person(s) named in the message header. Unless otherwise indicated, it contains information that is confidential, privileged and/or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender of the error and delete the message. Thank you

From: Imperial County Sheriff's Office

Dear Mr. Boyd:

Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (“ICSO”) had previously provided updated responses to Questions #1 and #2. In light of the case law you provided, ICSO makes the following responses to Request #3-10.

Request No. 3: There is no set list of agencies and organizations that ICSO shares “hot list” information with, it depends on the individual investigation.
Request No. 4: There is no set list of agencies and organizations that ICSO receives “hot list” information from, it depends on the individual investigation.
Requests No. 5-10: ICSO belongs to a task force and the task force lead agency, El Centro Police Department, generates and stores this data for all task force participant agencies. This data is not generated or stored by ICSO.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Best Regards,
[Signature]
Mistelle Abdelmagied
Deputy County Counsel
940 W Main St. #205
El Centro, CA 92243
442-265-1120

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE -- This email is intended only for the person(s) named in the message header. Unless otherwise indicated, it contains information that is confidential, privileged and/or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender of the error and delete the message. Thank you

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