Rhode Island - Traffic Stop Data_1

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


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. (I previously contacted your agency regarding record layout information about what datapoints your state collects and Paul L. Andrews provided the field titles for Rhode Island State Police's Race Data Collection.)

Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting the raw data of traffic stops made in your state and laid out in your record description for the last ten (10) years. The fields of data include:

-Profile #
-Last 3 or Agency ORI
-Racial Profile Form Not Applicable
-Reason for Stop
-Basis for Stop
-Operator Race
-Operator Sex
-Reg State
-Reg Number
-Additional Occupants
-Result of Stop
-Plate Type
-Prior Record
-Frisk Initiated as Result of Stop
-Consent Requested
-Search Reason One
-Search Reason Two
-Search Reason Three
-Search Frisk One
-Search Frisk Two
-Search Frisk Three
-Search Result One
-Search Result Two
-Search Result Three

These were all fields on the document provided by the state.

Additionally, if collected and not already included above, we’d like to request the incident date, incident time, violator race, violator sex, violator DOB, vehicle info (make/model/VIN), officer ID, officer race, what violation occurred and what type of enforcement took place.
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. We can accept the data in many common formats, including as CSV, spreadsheet or other database formats. Data can be emailed to vram@stanford.edu or uploaded to this Dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/request/w93zP4F8KyFRlzxOihAt

In the event data has to be sent physically on a CD or portable drive, please mail to Peninsula Press, Stanford Journalism Program, 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305.
 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.

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.

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: Leilani Audette

Dear V. Ramachandran:

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

Thank you.


Leilani R. Audette
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, I have mailed the payment today.

From: Audette, Leilani

Dear Sir/Madam:

Attached is our letter, with Appeals Sheet, in response to the request for records of Vignesh Ramachandran. Note that in accordance with Mr. Ramachandran's request, the original letter, along with a CD containing all responsive information was mailed to him by US Mail to the Stanford, CA address he provided.