Maine - Record Layout of Traffic Stop Data

Peninsula Press filed this request with the Maine State Police of Maine.
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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 Maine Freedom of Access Act ("FOAA"), 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

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 June 29, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Parr, Christopher

To:
Vignesh Ramachandran
(e) requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>; vram@stanford.edu<mailto:vram@stanford.edu>

Dear Vignesh Ramachandran:

This email is sent to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, copied below.

Although the FOIA does not apply to State government agencies such as ours, we will regard your request as one made pursuant to the State of Maine’s open records law, the Freedom of Access Act (FOAA).

Our agency will respond further to your request soon.

Respectfully, C

CHRISTOPHER PARR
COUNSEL | MAINE STATE POLICE
(e) christopher.parr@maine.gov<mailto:christopher.parr@maine.gov>

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
MAINE STATE POLICE
45 COMMERCE DRIVE, SUITE 1
AUGUSTA, ME 04333-0042

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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Hi Mr. Parr,

Thank you for your email. Yes, as specified, we are requesting the information via the Maine Freedom of Access Act.

We appreciate your time.
Thanks,
Vignesh

Vignesh Ramachandran
Managing Editor, Peninsula Press <http://peninsulapress.com/>
Program Administrator, Stanford Journalism Program
email vram@stanford.edu <mailto:vram@stanford.edu>
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From: Parr, Christopher

Dear Vignesh Ramachandran:

The Maine State Police does not have a record responsive to your request.

Respectfully, C

CHRISTOPHER PARR
COUNSEL | MAINE STATE POLICE
(e) christopher.parr@maine.gov<mailto:christopher.parr@maine.gov>

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
MAINE STATE POLICE
45 COMMERCE DRIVE, SUITE 1
AUGUSTA, ME 04333-0042

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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Hi Mr. Parr,

Thank you for checking. Is it accurate then to conclude that the Maine State Police does not collected traffic stop data in an electronic database?

Thanks,
Vignesh

Vignesh Ramachandran
Managing Editor, Peninsula Press <http://peninsulapress.com/>
Stanford Journalism Program
email vram@stanford.edu <mailto:vram@stanford.edu>
phone 650.723.0703
physical mail 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305

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From: Parr, Christopher

Yes.

Respectfully, C

CHRISTOPHER PARR
COUNSEL | MAINE STATE POLICE
(e) christopher.parr@maine.gov<mailto:christopher.parr@maine.gov>

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
MAINE STATE POLICE
45 COMMERCE DRIVE, SUITE 1
AUGUSTA, ME 04333-0042

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