New Jersey - Traffic Stop Data_1

Peninsula Press filed this request with the New Jersey State Police of New Jersey.
Tracking # W103177
Status
Completed

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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

This request was submitted via online form and assigned W103177.

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To Whom It May Concern:

I am the managing editor of Peninsula Press, a multimedia news website based out of Stanford University in California. We are working on collecting data on traffic stops and searches made by state patrols across the country. (I previously contacted your agency regarding record layout information about what datapoints your state collects and Thomas Preston provided seven (7) data record column headings.)

Pursuant to Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting the raw data of traffic stops made in your state and laid out in your record description for the last ten (10) years. The fields of data include:

1.) Action number (i.e.-summons or warning number)
2.) Date
3.) Case #
4.) Case Type (i.e.-warning or summons)
5.) Trooper
6.) Statute
7.) Municipal Code (i.e.-city or town of violation).

These were all fields on the form provided by the state.

Additionally, if collected and not already included above, we’d like to request the violator race, violator sex, violator DOB, vehicle info (make/model/VIN), location of incident, time of incident, officer ID, officer race, what the violation was and what type of enforcement took place.

The requested data will be analyzed, eventually be made available to the general public and be used for editorial purposes. This request is not being made for commercial purposes. We kindly ask the request be filled electronically. We can accept the data in many common formats, including as CSV, spreadsheet or other database formats. Data can be emailed to vram@stanford.edu or uploaded to this Dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/request/7w6kUOVV0mAMG7UjXuu4

In the event data has to be sent physically on a CD or portable drive, please mail to Peninsula Press, Stanford Journalism Program, 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305.
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.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,
Vignesh Ramachandran

Vignesh Ramachandran
Managing Editor, Peninsula Press
Stanford Journalism Program
email vram@stanford.edu
phone 650.723.0703
physical mail 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305

From: DSP Records

Mr. Ramachandran,

Please see the attached.

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information contained in this communication from the Division of State Police is privileged and confidential and is intended for the sole use of the persons or entities who are the addressees. If you are not an intended recipient of this e-mail, the dissemination, distribution, copying or use of the information it contains is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately contact the Division of State Police at (609) 882-2000 to arrange for the return of this information.

From: DSP Records

Mr. Ramachandran,

Please see the attached.

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information contained in this communication from the Division of State Police is privileged and confidential and is intended for the sole use of the persons or entities who are the addressees. If you are not an intended recipient of this e-mail, the dissemination, distribution, copying or use of the information it contains is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately contact the Division of State Police at (609) 882-2000 to arrange for the return of this information.

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thanks for the update.

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thanks for the update.

From: DSP Records

Mr. Ramachandran,

The Division of State Police is in receipt of your OPRA request. A request was sent out seeking records to your
request. At this time we are still awaiting for records and would like to extend your due date until February 19,
2016.

If the records are received before that date and are available for release, I will get them to you at that time.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information contained in this communication from the Division of State Police is privileged and confidential and is intended for the sole use of the persons or entities who are the addressees. If you are not an intended recipient of this e-mail, the dissemination, distribution, copying or use of the information it contains is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately contact the Division of State Police at (609) 882-2000 to arrange for the return of this information.

From: DSP Records

Mr. Ramachandran,

Please see the attached receipt reference your recent OPRA request. The disc will be sent via regular mail.

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information contained in this communication from the Division of State Police is privileged and confidential and is intended for the sole use of the persons or entities who are the addressees. If you are not an intended recipient of this e-mail, the dissemination, distribution, copying or use of the information it contains is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately contact the Division of State Police at (609) 882-2000 to arrange for the return of this information.

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thank you for sending the data. I'll be in touch with any further questions after the disc arrives.

From: New Jersey State Police

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

From: New Jersey State Police

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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