Newton, MA ALPR

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Newton Police Department of Newton, MA.


From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act, G.L.M. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

All documents relating to usage of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology by Newton 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 NPD and other government agencies.

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

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Newton Police Department

We have estimated the cost to process this request and require an advance
payment. If payment has not been received within 10 days, we will close this
request without any action. Please send a check to the Newton Police
Department/IT Bureau 1321 Washington St, Newton MA 02465. Please make
payable to the City of Newton. Please reference this number when making
***The Cost Estimate is $96
If making payment On-Line, be certain to make note of the TRANSACTION NUMBER
22095 contained herein as it will be required for payment processing.

* * * S U B J E CT * * *
ALPR Documentation GO 542


Editor's note: Payment sent as requested.

From: Newton Police Department

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

From: Newton Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.