Unmarked Vehicle Data, Policies, Reporting, Use (Minneapolis Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Minneapolis Police Department of Minneapolis, MN.
Multi Request Unmarked Vehicle Data, Policies, Reporting, Use
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, I hereby request the following records regarding the use and reporting of use of unmarked vehicles by representatives and employees of this agency:

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.

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.

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.

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 as part of a project to better understand uses of police force nationwide, which has been of public interest for many years and which is of particular interest to large new swaths of the public following the widely-seen death of George Floyd and the First Amendment-protected demonstrations and public discussion that have followed.

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 business days.


Beryl Lipton

From: Minneapolis Police Department

I must inform you that my direct email inbox does not accept incoming data requests. Going forward Data requests sent to this address will be closed without being processed. Including to Police Data Practices indirectly through carbon copy(cc) may also result in significant delays.

The City of Minneapolis accepts requests for data through our online portal here: Open City Portal.* Once you register (only an email is required) using the link at the top right hand of the site you can use the various forms available under Submit Request to help route your request more quickly. If you would prefer not to submit using our portal you can also call 311 (312-673-3000) and they will submit a request on your behalf. If you have any further questions, or experience any technical issues, please let me know.

Thank you,

Kyle MacDonald
Records Management Specialist

City of Minneapolis – Police Department
Records Information Unit
350 S. Fifth St. – Room # 31
Minneapolis, MN 55415

(612) 673-2961

From: Minneapolis Police Department

We have no responsive data for this request. The information related to unmarked vehicles is not releasable per 13.82 Sub. 25 Deliberative Process or investigative technique, confidential nonpublic data. This request is now closed. Please visit our website at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/records/frequent for any public information related to this request.

Thaya Wallace, PST2
MPD Police Records

From: Minneapolis Police Department

Good afternoon,

I apologize for my delay in responding to your request. I have received your request for Minneapolis Police and will work to fill it as soon as possible. I have a significant backlog of requests right now, so please expect that this will take several weeks.

Best wishes,
Genevieve Kaess
Police Support Technician II

City of Minneapolis – Records Information Unit
350 S. Fifth St. – Room # 31
Minneapolis, MN 55415