Pennsylvania - Record Layout of Traffic Stop Data_2

Big Local News filed this request with the Pennsylvania State Police of Pennsylvania.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

To Whom It May Concern:

I am the faculty advisor 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 we are initially gathering information about what datapoints each state collects.

Pursuant to Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, 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 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.

Cheryl Phillips

Cheryl Phillips
Hearst Professional In Residence
Stanford Journalism Program
phone 650.723.2504
physical mail 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305

From: Pennsylvania State Police

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.


Ms. Phillips,

Please be advised that our office received your RTK request on November 18, 2015. An interim response, not a final response,
to your request was placed in the mail November 25, 2015.
The PSP will require up to an additional 30 days in which to respond to your request.

From: Pennsylvania State Police

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Pennsylvania State Police

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

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thank you.

From: Pennsylvania State Police

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thank you. We have sent the payment in the mail.