Rhode Island - Record Layout of Traffic Stop Data

Peninsula Press filed this request with the Rhode Island State Police of Rhode Island.
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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.

Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), 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 10 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: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 1, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Leilani Audette

Dear Mr. Ramachandran:

Attached is our letter in response to your request for records. Kindly
confirm receipt by return email.

Thank you.



Sincerely,

Leilani R. Audette
Paralegal
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Public Safety
311 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 02857
(401)444-1335 fax (401)444-1105
Email: leilani.audette@risp.dps.ri.gov
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September 16, 2015
Rhode Island State Police
Department of Public Safety, Legal Office
311 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 02857
This is a follow up to a previous request:
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 1, 2015. Please let me
know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further
clarification is needed.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is
needed.
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On Sept. 1, 2015:
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.
Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), 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 10
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
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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thanks Leilani. We look forward to the response.

From: Leilani Audette

Dear Mr. Ramachandran:

Attached is our letter, with accompanying document, in response to your request. Kindly confirm receipt by return email.

If you need anything further, feel free to contact our office.



Sincerely,

Leilani R. Audette
Paralegal
Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Public Safety
311 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 02857
(401)444-1335 fax (401)444-1105
Email: leilani.audette@risp.dps.ri.gov
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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thank you!

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Thank you Leilani. We will be in touch with any further questions in the coming weeks.

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