New York - Record Layout of Traffic Stop Data

Peninsula Press filed this request with the New York State Police of New York.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

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, but I'm initially gathering information about what datapoints each state collects.

The state's Department of Transportation said New York State Police may have these records.

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I hereby request the following records:

I’d like to please request the record layout (the format of a data record, which includes the name, type and size of each field in the record) or data dictionary for your state’s records of traffic stops made on your roads. (What are all the datapoints you collect and keep record of when traffic stops are made?)

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 — via Excel or another database format. Data can be emailed to vram@stanford.edu or shared via a Dropbox link. In the event data has to be sent physically on a CD or thumb drive, please mail to Peninsula Press, Stanford Journalism Program, 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 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: FoilUnit

Dear Mr. Ramachandran,

Reference is made to your request for records, received at this office on July 30, 2015, pursuant to the requirements of Article 6 of the Public Officers Law (Freedom of Information).

Due to the volume of requests received and currently being processed by this agency, a written response will be sent to you by or before September 25, 2015.

Sincerely,

T/Lieutenant Debra L. Benziger
Records Access Officer
Central Records Bureau

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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Hi Lieutenant Benziger,

We have still not received a written response that was supposed to arrive by Sept. 25. Thanks for providing an update.

Thank you,
Vignesh Ramachandran

From: FoilUnit

Please see the attached correspondence pertaining to your request for copies of records from the New York State Police.

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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thank you. I'll be in touch with further questions and clarifications.

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