Unmarked Vehicle Data, Policies, Reporting, Use (Los Angeles Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Los Angeles Police Department of Los Angeles, CA.
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20-5728

Multi Request Unmarked Vehicle Data, Policies, Reporting, Use
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Materials regarding the use and reporting of use of unmarked vehicles by representatives and employees of this agency:

POLICY
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.

FORMS and GUIDANCE
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.

DATA
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.

OTHER
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 to your agency at the request of a member of your community as part of a project to better understand policing agencies nationwide.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

Your first City of Los Angeles record request (request number #20-5728) has been submitted.
It is currently unpublished and is not available for the general public to view.

Request #20-5728.

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #20-5728:

Dear Requester:

 

 

The Department continues to process CPRA requests as they come in during the COVID-19 public health crisis, and will endeavor to do so in a timely manner.  While the Department will be making every effort to comply with its statutory obligations, due to the COVID-19 crisis and the City and Department's efforts to tackle its effects, the actual production of records responsive to your request (if any) may be delayed if Department resources are needed to perform critical functions or are constrained due to the pandemic.  The Department greatly appreciates your patience during this difficult time, as the entire community and nation deals with this unusual and serious situation.  During this crisis, the Department would also ask that requesters consider postponing the submission of any requests that can wait until after the immediate crisis has abated.

 

 

If you have any questions, please respond to this e-mail.

 

 

Respectfully,

 

LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #20-5728:

Dear Requester:

 

I have reviewed your California Public Records Act request. 

 

Please be advised that, pursuant to California Government Code Section 6253(c), I have found that “unusual circumstances” exist with respect to the request due to the need to search for, collect, and review the requested records from other Department entities which are separate from the office processing the request.  Therefore, my staff will require the statutory fourteen days extension of time in which to respond.  A determination concerning your request will be made as soon as possible.

 

If you have any questions regarding this correspondence, simply respond to this email. 

 

Respectfully,

LAPD Discovery Section CPRA Unit

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #20-5728:

Dear Requester:

 

Please be advised that the Department continues to search for, identify, and/or review responsive records and will respond as soon as practicable.  Thank you for your continued patience.

 

Respectfully,

 

LAD Discovery, CPRA Unit

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #20-5728:

Dear Requester:

 

Please be advised that the Department continues to search for, identify, and/or review responsive records and will respond as soon as practicable.  Thank you for your continued patience.

 

Respectfully,

 

LAD Discovery, CPRA Unit

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

Documents have been released for record request #20-5728:

* 07_28_20_ASB_Notice.pdf

* OO_Notice_01_21_1986.pdf

* OO_ORDER NO. 3_USE OF UNMARKED POLICE VEHICLES BY EXPLORERS AND ASSOCIATE ADVISORS.pdf

* Special_Order_No._15_July_11_2012.pdf

* VOL 1_555.10_INITIATION OF A VEHICLE PURSUIT.pdf

* VOL 3_234.40_DISPLAY OF THE AMERICAN FLAG ON DEPARTMEN VEHICLES.pdf

* VOL 4_205.01 NOTIFYING COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION.pdf

* VOL 4_326.15_CANCELLATION OF CITATIONS ISSUED ON DEPARTMENT VEHICLES BY LADOT.pdf

* volume28_issue1.pdf

* FSB Notice Use of City Vehicles.pdf

* Code Of Safe Practices Operation Of City Vehicles.pdf

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

Record request #20-5728 has been closed. The closure reason supplied was:

Dear Requester:

 

 

We reviewed your request for Materials regarding the use and reporting of use of unmarked vehicles by representatives and employees of this agency. 

 

Your request was made under the California Public Records Act (the Act). The Department is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Act. It recognizes the statutory scheme was enacted to maximize citizen access to the workings of government. The Act does not mandate disclosure of all documents within the government’s possession. Rather, by specific exemption and reference to other statutes, the Act recognizes that there are boundaries where the public’s right to access must be balanced against such weighty considerations as the right of privacy, a right of constitutional dimension under California Constitution, Article 1, Section 1. The law also exempts from disclosure records that are privileged or confidential or otherwise exempt under either express provisions of the Act or pursuant to applicable federal or state law, per California Government Code Sections 6254(b); 6254(c); 6254(f); 6254(k); and 6255.

 

The responsive documents have been provided to you.

 

If you have any questions, please respond to this email.

 

Respectfully,

 

LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit

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From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Hi there

Record request #20-5728 has been published and is now available for public view.

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