Persistent Surveillance Systems Invoices (Milwaukee Police Department)

Brandon Smith filed this request with the Milwaukee Police Department of Milwaukee, WI .
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From: Brandon Smith

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Wisconsin's Open Records act, I hereby request the following records:

All records responsive to the below requests dated from January 1, 2014 through July 28, 2016.
- The full documentation of all contracts or non-disclosure agreements (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with the companies "Persistent Surveillance Systems" or "Vigilant Solutions"
- Copies of all invoices to or from these companies, and documents sufficient to show any and all disbursement of public funds to either company
- The full documentation of all contracts (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with any company other than the two cited above, in which said company provides your department with equipment or services (including software) for 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.
- Copies of all invoices to or from any company that fits the description in the prior paragraph, and documents sufficient to show any disbursement of public funds to any company that fits this description
- All emails between police department email accounts and users on the domains "pss-1.com" or "vigilantsolutions.com". (One example would be brian.schockley@vigilantsolutions.com. Users on the domain would be in the form of XXXXXXXXX@vigilantsolutions.com)
- All paper-based communications between your department and Persistent Surveillance Systems, and between your department and Vigilant Solutions. In asking for all paper and electronic correspondence, this request necessarily includes marketing materials and descriptions of product capabilities for any device, software, or access/capability this department has purchased. A circuit court judge in Illinois recently ruled that non-disclosure agreements signed by public bodies do not trump freedom of information laws when it comes to surveillance equipment/capability purchased by police. Citation:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/chicago-police-must-finally-produce-stingray-records-judge-orders/
- Documents sufficient to show all rules or regulations governing the use of products (hardware or software) that do 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.
- The text of all agreements (whether formal, email, memo, or otherwise) between your department and any other public body or department that allows your department to use or access the capabilities of 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.
- Documents sufficient to show the month and year your department first entered a program of scanning license plates or accessing a database of scanned plates, if it indeed has such a program (and end date of said program if it has ended).
- Documents sufficient to show the total number of license plates scanned in your department's jurisdiction (whether the jurisdiction in this case is precisely or roughly represented) since the department began its plate-scanning program or first purchased access to such a program
- Documents sufficient to show the month and year your department first entered a program of persistent aerial surveillance, if it indeed has such a program (and end date of said program if it has ended).
- Documents sufficient to show the number of plane-hours of aerial surveillance (excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions) purchased by your department within the dates at the top of this request. For example, one plane flying for four hours is four plane-hours. Two planes flying for four hours is eight plane-hours.
- Documents sufficient to show any attempt made by a representative of your department to inform the public about automatic license plate readers or persistent aerial surveillance. This could include but is not limited to records of town hall meetings, quotes from police spokespeople in local media, or text from the department's website.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Brandon Smith

From: Milwaukee Police Department

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Records, Open

Hello,

Be advised we have receipt of your request and it will be reviewed in the order received. It is a lengthy request and as a result, the turnaround time-frame is about 6-8 weeks.

Thank you

From: Records, Open

Hello,

You were previously advised that it would take 6-8 weeks for review. Your request is lengthy and it may take longer for review.

Thank you

From: Records, Open

Hello,

You information has been mailed out to you on 10/07/16

From: Records, Open

Hello,

On October 7, 2016, your request was mailed to the address specified on your request dated August 1, 2016.

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Thank you.

From: Records, Open

Mr. Smith,

This is the third time that we have told you that your request has been responded to and was mailed out on October 7, 2016. On October 7, 2016 we mailed our response and our responsive records to the address specified on your initial request:

Brandon Smith
MuckRock
DEPT MR 27387
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

You should check with the mail sorter at your organization if you have not yet received our response.

From: Brandon Smith

Apologies, we never received the response - can you please re-send? Thank you.

From: Milwaukee Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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