Norwood, MA ALPR

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Norwood Police Department of Norwood, MA.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

All documents relating to usage of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology by Norwood 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: Norwood Police Department

A no responsive documents response.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Chief Brooks:

I previously requested records related to Norwood Police Department's use of ALPR. I have received your December 21, 2012 letter indicating that NPD does not have any responsive documents related to the information requested regarding ALPR.

Does your department keep any data on ALPR, such as a log of ALPR hits or vehicle stops that were made as a result of an ALPR positive alert/match/hit? If so, I would like to request a copy of that data.

Shawn Musgrave

MuckRock News
Po Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

From: Chief William G. Brooks III

Mr. Musgrave,

Our department maintains no logs of stops, hits, alerts, etc. generated by our ALPR. If an officer stops a vehicle based on an ALPR hit (which does not happen that often) that may be included in the officer's narrative of the incident. However, there is no way to cull out that data.