MBTA Transit Police ALPR

Shawn Musgrave made this request to MBTA Transit Police of Massachusetts.

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Shawn Musgrave 12/20/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

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

-scope of ALPR deployment, including purchasing documentation;
-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 other government agencies and third parties.

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

MBTA Transit Police 01/10/2014

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

MBTA Transit Police 01/10/2014

A copy of documents responsive to the request. 01/10/2014

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 20, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

Shawn Musgrave 01/13/2014

Ms. Krupanski:

Thank you for sending documents responsive to my request. Could you please clarify whether the sent invoices covered all ALPR units owned by the Transit Police, or merely records on files for one purchase?

Thank you again for your assistance with this request.