Marlborough, MA ALPR

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Marlborough Police Department of Marlborough, MA.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act, G.L.M. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

All documents relating to usage of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology by Marlborough Police Department, including but not limited to documents indicating:

-scope of ALPR deployment;
-purposes for which ALPR technology is employed;
-means of handling and storing ALPR data;
-extent and timeline for ALPR data storage; and
-protocols and extent of ALPR data sharing between MPD and other government agencies.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.


Shawn Musgrave


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Paul Valianti

Mr. Musgrave,

In response to your request for ALPR information from the Marlborough
Police Department some of this information I can address in an email.

The deployment of the 1 unit Marlborough uses is presently 4 officers
have access to the unit and each is assigned to different shifts.

The purpose for which we use it for is in it is assigned to a police car
which is assigned to a patrol sector within the City. While conducting
routine patrol duties officers when they choose will operate the ALPR
system and respond to any data that the system alerts them to.

We do not share our information except some reporting data to the State
to satisfy grant requirements. All info9rmation is stored in the unit
server in the assigned cruiser. None of the information from patrol is
sent back to the state according to the vendor I spoke with at MHQ
Police Supply located in Marlborough.

There are some reports that can be run through the use of the system and
I would anticipate researching and printing these could result in a fee
in excess of $1,000.00

Please contact me if you have any other questions and if possible I will
do my best to get you the answers you are looking for.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Mr. Valianti:

Thank you for your response. What type of reports do you mean? Are these vehicle stop reports?

Does MPD have a written policy or guidelines regarding ALPR? If so, I would like to request that as well.

Thank you for your help with this.

Shawn Musgrave

From: Paul Valianti

Mr. Musgrave,

We do not run vehicle stop reports and we do not have a policy on this equipment although only those that are trained can use it. Other than using it as a patrol tool we do not monitor the system through reports.


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