Montgomery Traffic Stop Data

Peninsula Press filed this request with the Montgomery Police Department of Montgomery, AL.
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From: Peninsula Press

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Alabama's Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Dear Sir or Madam:

Pursuant to Alabama's Public Records Act (McBurney v. Young, 133 S.Ct. 1709 [U.S. 2013]), I hereby request the following records:

A raw database export of traffic stops (the electronic database in which you collect all your traffic stop citations and warnings) made by the Montgomery Police Department between January 2005 and March 2017. The fields of data we are requesting include, but are not limited to:

•case number and complaint
•defendant gender, race, and DOB
•vehicle year, color, make, model, style, and state in which it is registered
•date of incident, time of incident, location of incident and milepost or other geographic location information
•approximate speed and posted speed
•any violations and/or sanctions, whether a search was conducted, whether contraband was found, whether the person was arrested and what type of enforcement took place.
•officer name
•police department and/or county
•officer ID number, race, gender
•officer date of birth and information on years of service.

To be clear, this request is for all data from traffic stops considered to be public record. This includes, but is not limited to the above list of data types if that information is collected. If the data is not collected, please let us know. If the data is collected but is not considered public record, then please cite the exemption under the law.
• This request is not being made for commercial purposes. This is for both journalism and academic purposes. We are requesting the data be provided electronically. We can accept the data in many common formats, including as tab separated, spreadsheet or other database formats. Data can be emailed to
• In the event data must be sent physically on a CD or portable drive, please mail to: Attn: Vignesh Ramachandran, Peninsula Press, Stanford Journalism Program, 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305.
• If fees are not waived, please inform me if charges will exceed $50 and the reason for any estimated costs.

We appreciate your time and look forward to your response in a timely manner. We want to make sure Memphis is accurately represented in our news coverage and data collection.

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.


Peninsula Press


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