ALPR Usage (Myrtle Beach PD)

Chris Meller filed this request with the City of Myrtle Beach of Myrtle Beach, SC.
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From: Chris Meller

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All documents relating to usage of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology by the Myrtle Beach 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 MBPD and other government agencies.

Please include any relevant documents, including but not limited to memos, reports, emails, meeting minutes and contracts.

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

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Chris Meller

From: Mark Kruea

Mr. Meller...

Thanks for inquiring about access to public documents under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act. In reply, I have asked our Police Department to ascertain how much time will be involved in gathering the records you have requested and in making them available for you to review here in Myrtle Beach at a mutually convenient and pre-arranged time. We decline to provide access to the records at no cost, since there will be a real cost to the public that would not otherwise have been incurred to gather and make available these records. We will provide an estimate of that cost in the next few days.

Thanks again,
Mark Kruea
Public Information Officer
City of Myrtle Beach

From: Chris Meller

Thanks, Mark. I would not be able to review them in Myrtle Beach, so please also include time required to scan and email or mail a CD of the records in your estimate.

Thank you,

Chris

From: Mark Kruea

Chris...

The Myrtle Beach Police Department estimates that it will take approximately two hours to compile and copy the information you requested to a disc, which would then be sent to you via mail service. At $37.50 per hour for the labor, plus $10 for the disc and mailing, that's an estimated cost of $85.00. If you wish us to proceed, please forward a check payable to the City of Myrtle Beach for that amount. Upon receipt, we will copy and mail the requested files to you. The city's mailing address is

P. O. Box 2468
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

You may send it to my attention.
Thanks,
Mark Kruea
Public Information Officer
City of Myrtle Beach

From: Chris Meller

Thanks, Mark. That exceeds my budget for these requests, so I'd like to see if I could reduce its scope. Could you give me an idea of the types of records you have located, particularly those that are most time consuming to retrieve and review?

To help target the search, I've found through identical requests to other agencies that most of the information I'm looking for can be found in two sources that should be easy to retrieve: a vendor contract (scope, purpose, means, extent) and the police department's policy manual or general orders (protocols and sharing).

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks,

Chris

From: Mark Kruea

Chris...

Thanks for the follow-up, but I am unable to assist in framing your request. Since the $85 estimate of time and materials exceeds your budget for the documents requested, I shall consider this matter closed.

Mark

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