Kansas - Record Layout of Traffic Stop Data

Big Local News filed this request with the Kansas Highway Patrol of Kansas.


From: Vignesh Ramachandran

To Whom It May Concern:

I am the managing editor of Peninsula Press, a multimedia news website based out of Stanford University in California. We are working on collecting data on traffic stops and searches made by state patrols across the country, but I'm initially gathering information about what datapoints each state collects.

Pursuant to the Kansas Open Records Act (K.S.A. 45-215), I hereby request the following records:

I’d like to please request the record layout (the format of a data record, which includes the name, type and size of each field in the record) or “data dictionary” for your state’s records of traffic stops made on your roads. (What are all the datapoints you collect and keep record of when traffic stops are made?)

The requested data will be analyzed, eventually be made available to the general public and be used for editorial purposes. This request is not being made for commercial purposes. We kindly ask the request be filled electronically — via Excel or another database format. Data can be emailed to vram@stanford.edu or shared via a Dropbox link. In the event data has to be sent physically on a CD or thumb drive, please mail to Peninsula Press, Stanford Journalism Program, 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Vignesh Ramachandran

Vignesh Ramachandran

Managing Editor, Peninsula Press

Stanford Journalism Program

email vram@stanford.edu

phone 650.723.0703

physical mail 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 1, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Cheryl Bukacek

Mr. Vignesh Ramachandran,

We received your e-mailed KORA request on September 1, 2015. On September 2, 2015 we e-mailed you a letter advising that we received your request and that it was being reviewed. We are currently still working on your request. As soon as we determine what records might be available we will contact you to advise you of the required prepaid reproduction cost. I am sorry but at this point I am unable to provide you with a completion date. Please feel free to contact us at any time to check on the status.

Thank you

Cheryl Bukacek
Public Service Administrator II / Records Manager