Persistent Surveillance Systems Invoices (San Francisco Police Department)

Brandon Smith filed this request with the San Francisco Police Department of San Francisco, CA.
Tracking # P001293-080216
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From: Brandon Smith

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), I hereby request the following records:

All records responsive to the below requests dated from January 1, 2014 through July 28, 2016.
- The full documentation of all contracts or non-disclosure agreements (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with the companies "Persistent Surveillance Systems" or "Vigilant Solutions"
- Copies of all invoices to or from these companies, and documents sufficient to show any and all disbursement of public funds to either company
- The full documentation of all contracts (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with any company other than the two cited above, in which said company provides your department with equipment or services (including software) for 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.
- Copies of all invoices to or from any company that fits the description in the prior paragraph, and documents sufficient to show any disbursement of public funds to any company that fits this description
- All emails between police department email accounts and users on the domains "pss-1.com" or "vigilantsolutions.com". (One example would be brian.schockley@vigilantsolutions.com. Users on the domain would be in the form of XXXXXXXXX@vigilantsolutions.com)
- All paper-based communications between your department and Persistent Surveillance Systems, and between your department and Vigilant Solutions. In asking for all paper and electronic correspondence, this request necessarily includes marketing materials and descriptions of product capabilities for any device, software, or access/capability this department has purchased. A circuit court judge in Illinois recently ruled that non-disclosure agreements signed by public bodies do not trump freedom of information laws when it comes to surveillance equipment/capability purchased by police. Citation:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/chicago-police-must-finally-produce-stingray-records-judge-orders/
- Documents sufficient to show all rules or regulations governing the use of products (hardware or software) that do 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.
- The text of all agreements (whether formal, email, memo, or otherwise) between your department and any other public body or department that allows your department to use or access the capabilities of 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.
- Documents sufficient to show the month and year your department first entered a program of scanning license plates or accessing a database of scanned plates, if it indeed has such a program (and end date of said program if it has ended).
- Documents sufficient to show the total number of license plates scanned in your department's jurisdiction (whether the jurisdiction in this case is precisely or roughly represented) since the department began its plate-scanning program or first purchased access to such a program
- Documents sufficient to show the month and year your department first entered a program of persistent aerial surveillance, if it indeed has such a program (and end date of said program if it has ended).
- Documents sufficient to show the number of plane-hours of aerial surveillance (excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions) purchased by your department within the dates at the top of this request. For example, one plane flying for four hours is four plane-hours. Two planes flying for four hours is eight plane-hours.
- Documents sufficient to show any attempt made by a representative of your department to inform the public about automatic license plate readers or persistent aerial surveillance. This could include but is not limited to records of town hall meetings, quotes from police spokespeople in local media, or text from the department's website.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brandon Smith

From: San Francisco Police Records Portal

Dear Brandon:

Thank you for your interest in public records of the San Francisco Police Department ("SFPD").

The San Francisco Police Department ("SFPD") received your Public Records request, dated August 02, 2016 and given the reference number P001293-080216 for tracking purposes.

Record(s) Requested: "All records responsive to the below requests dated from January 1, 2014 through July 28, 2016.-The full documentation of all contracts or non-disclosure agreements (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with the companies "Persistent Surveillance Systems" or "Vigilant Solutions"-Copies of all invoices to or from these companies, and documents sufficient to show any and all disbursement of public funds to either company-The full documentation of all contracts (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with any company other than the two cited above, in which said company provides your department with equipment or services (including software) for 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.-Copies of all invoices to or from any company that fits the description the prior paragraph, and documents sufficient to show any disbursement of public funds to any company that fits this description-All emails between police department email accounts and users on the domains "pss-1.com" or "vigilantsolutions.com". (One example would be brian.schockley@vigilantsolutions.com. Users on the domain would be in the form of XXXXXXXX@vigilantsolutions.com)-All paper-based communications between your department and Persistent Surveillance Systems, and between your department and Vigilant Solutions. In asking for all paper and electronic correspondence, this request necessarily includes marketing materials and descriptions of product capabilities for any device, software, or access/capability this department has purchased. A circuit court judge in Illinois recently ruled that non-disclosure agreements signed by public bodies do not trump freedom of information laws when it comes to surveillance equipment/capability purchased by police. Citation:http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/chicago-police-must-finally-produce-stingray-records-judge-orders/-Documents sufficient to shall all rules or regulations governing the use of products (hardware or software) that do 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.-The text of all agreements (whether formal, email, memo, or otherwise) between your department and any other public body or department that allows your department to use or access the capabilities of 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.-Documents sufficient to show the month and year your department first entered a program of scanning license plate or accessing a database or scanned plates, if it indeed has such a program (and end date of said program if it has ended).....Refer to attached request for entire, specific materials requested.

Your request is being forwarded to the appropriate department(s) for processing and you will be notified once the request is complete.  The request will be deemed received after the San Francisco Police Department responds back to your request within the next business day through the San Francisco Public Records Center or by email.  Generally, the Department has 10 calendar days to respond to a request to inspect or receive copies of records. In certain circumstances, the Department may extend its time to respond by an additional 14 calendar days.

You can monitor request progress at the link below.  Thank you for using the San Francisco Public Records Center.

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From: San Francisco Police Records Portal

Although SFPD has 10 calendar days to respond to your request, we are invoking an additional 14 day extension of time to respond to your request pursuant to Government Code section 6253(c) because of the need to search, collect, review, and consult with another department. Once it has been determined whether or not the information you request is responsive and subject to disclosure we will advise you as soon practicable but no later than August 26, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 415-837-7194. Thank you for your attention.

From: Tamara from NextRequest

Hi there, This request seems to be for SFPD records, which is system that is serviced by GovQA, not NextRequest. You'll need to follow up through their system.
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Hello Brandon,

We are working diligently on your request. At your convenience, could you please contact me or send your phone number. I would like to discuss your PRA when you have a chance.

Best,
Officer Giselle Talkoff #4298
Public Information Officer San Francisco Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Media Relations Unit
1245 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA. 94158
(415) 837-7194 Desk
(415) 575-6083 Fax
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A request for status update was sent to a Next Request address, and a response was provided stating that the GovQA system would be the appropriate method by which to do that. A copy of the raw email requesting the status is attached. Clarification would be greatly appreciated.

Best,
Beryl, MuckRock

From: Tamara from NextRequest

Hi Beryl,
We're big fans of MuckRock and I'm happy to help however I can, but you are emailing the NextRequest support team about a request made to the SFPD, and we do not provide software to the SFPD. If you are requesting information about the status of a request to the SFPD you will need to follow up with them directly, or, for technical questions, with GovQA, the provider of the SFPD public records software. In the thread you can see your request for a password reset to their system. If you sort back through those emails I'm guessing that you can find an email address for that system.
I read down the thread and it looks like mixed in here is a password reset request for the City of New Orleans public records site, which we do maintain. However nothing in else in the request seems to pertain to the City of New Orleans or to any other NextRequest client. If you need technical help with a request made through a system that we maintain, we are happy to help however possible. The SFPD is not such an agency.
Let me know if I can clarify further or help in any other way.
Best, Tamara

From: MuckRock

Hi Tamara,

Thanks so much for clarifying! It is confusing that the New Orleans communication ended up being sent to this thread. Apologies for the crossed wires.

I hope your weekend is wonderful!

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Tamara from NextRequest

No worries, and glad we got that sorted out. Good luck getting that request resolved, and have a great weekend!

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December 09, 2016
Via email requests@muckrock.com

Brandon Smith
Dept. MR 27428, 411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

RE: Public Records Request, dated August 02, 2016, Reference # P001293-080216

Dear Brandon Smith:

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) received your Public Records Act request, dated August 02, 2016, on December 09, 2016.

You requested, " "All records responsive to the below requests dated from January 1, 2014 through July 28, 2016.-The full documentation of all contracts or non-disclosure agreements (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with the companies "Persistent Surveillance Systems" or "Vigilant Solutions"-Copies of all invoices to or from these companies, and documents sufficient to show any and all disbursement of public funds to either company-The full documentation of all contracts (enacted OR IN EFFECT between the above dates) with any company other than the two cited above, in which said company provides your department with equipment or services (including software) for 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.-Copies of all invoices to or from any company that fits the description the prior paragraph, and documents sufficient to show any disbursement of public funds to any company that fits this description-All emails between police department email accounts and users on the domains "pss-1.com" or "vigilantsolutions.com". (One example would be brian.schockley@vigilantsolutions.com. Users on the domain would be in the form of XXXXXXXX@vigilantsolutions.com)-All paper-based communications between your department and Persistent Surveillance Systems, and between your department and Vigilant Solutions. In asking for all paper and electronic correspondence, this request necessarily includes marketing materials and descriptions of product capabilities for any device, software, or access/capability this department has purchased. A circuit court judge in Illinois recently ruled that non-disclosure agreements signed by public bodies do not trump freedom of information laws when it comes to surveillance equipment/capability purchased by police. Citation:http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/chicago-police-must-finally-produce-stingray-records-judge-orders/-Documents sufficient to shall all rules or regulations governing the use of products (hardware or software) that do 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.-The text of all agreements (whether formal, email, memo, or otherwise) between your department and any other public body or department that allows your department to use or access the capabilities of 1. license plate scanning or reading or automatic photographing; 2. aerial surveillance, excluding monitoring roadways for speed infractions.-Documents sufficient to show the month and year your department first entered a program of scanning license plate or accessing a database or scanned plates, if it indeed has such a program (and end date of said program if it has ended).....Refer to attached request for entire, specific materials requested."

Responsive records are available via the San Francisco Public Records Center. Click on the link below to view your request.
California Public Records Request - P001293-080216 (https://sanfranciscopd.mycusthelp.com/WEBAPP/_rs/CustomerHome.aspx)

If you have any questions, please contact Giselle Talkoff at 415-837-7194.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

Sergeant Michael Andraychak
Officer in Charge
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