2020 Vigilant Data Sharing Information - Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) (Signal Hill Police Department)

Greg Buhl filed this request with the Signal Hill Police Department of Signal Hill, CA.
Multi Request 2020 Vigilant Data Sharing Information - Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR)
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From: Greg Buhl

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Part A: Information related to Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) data sharing.

1) The names of agencies and organizations with which the Agency shares ALPR data;
2) The names of agencies and organizations from which the Agency receives ALPR data;
3) The names of agencies and organizations with which the Agency shares “hot list” information;
4) The names of agencies and organizations from which the Agency receives “hot list” information;

Part B: Information Related to Numbers of “Detections” (plate scans) and “Hits” (plate scans that matched to a hotlist)

5) The aggregate number of detections collected during 2020;
6) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2020;
7) The aggregate number of detections collected during 2020;
8) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2020.

For items 1-4: This information is easily available within the Agency’s Vigilant Solutions LEARN system. The simplest way to extract this data is to generate an “Agency Data Sharing Report” PDF file from within LEARN. To do this, a user may simply go to the “Sharing” section of LEARN and select “Output Report.” A CSV/XLS file containing these records would also satisfy this request. The instructions for extracting this data is described on pages 62-63 of the LEARN Agency Manager Guide, which may be found at this link: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3860685-LEARN-5-1-Agency-Manager-Guide.html

For items 5-8: This information is easily available within the Agency’s Vigilant Solutions LEARN system. The simplest way to extract this data is to generate a “Dashboard Hit Ratio Report” PDF file from within LEARN. We would prefer the data for each year to be provided separately. The instructions for extracting this data is described on pages 78-79 of the LEARN Agency Manager Guide, which may be found at this link: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3860685-LEARN-5-1-Agency-Manager-Guide.html

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,

Greg Buhl
Lead Researcher @CheckLBPD.org

From: Signal Hill Police Department

Good Afternoon Mr. Buhl,
This email serves as a response to your Public Records Act Request date June 15, 2021. The requested documents are similar to your previous request submitted on November 18, 2020. Attached you will find a copy of the response along with attachments that were provided to you on December 2, 2020. Our department has access to Vigilant Solutions web-based databased, however, the cameras that read license plate information were deactivated last year (2020).

If you feel there is a misunderstanding on our end, or have any further questions please contact me.

This concludes the department’s response to your PRA request.

Samantha Torres
Records Supervisor
Signal Hill Police Department
2745 Walnut Avenue
Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 989-7213
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From: Greg Buhl

Dear Records Supervisor Torres,

I think there might be a slight misunderstanding, but regardless I do have a some points I wanted to clarify.

I only see my old request here. That CPRA request was filed after the Long Beach Police Department was discovered to have been sharing their ALPR data directly with ICE for most of 2020. A violation of the California Values Act they stopped immediately when it was uncovered.

forthe.org/journalism/license-plate-readers/

My last request had been to check if Signal Hill was following LBPD’s lead on that given the department's close ties, but SHPD wasn't. My current request is one that is normally sent at the end of the calendar year for to get data for comparative analysis.

The reports you last produced on my Nov. 18th request seem to have been run on Nov. 21, 2020.

Did Signal Hill PD deactivate their ALPR’s after Nov. 21? Or were they active at the time of my last request?

The scan numbers might be the same, but I would still like current reports with the fill number of hits and detections for 2020. A report showing that it represents the full year is needed for statistical analysis.

Depending on when your ALPRs were deactivated the hit numbers may be the same, but the date range shown on the report would be different.

I would also like a current dated report showing the four categories of data sharing partners listed in my request.

I would assume if your ALPRs are deactivated it will show you are sharing no detections. However, I would still like to see that and any hotlists you are currently sharing, as well as who you are receiving shares and hotlists from.

Thanks for you time,

Greg Buhl
Lead Researcher CheckLBPD.org

From: Signal Hill Police Department

Good Afternoon Mr. Buhl,
I’ve responded to your questions below in red. Attached you will also find additional reports that my Captain has provided.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Respectfully,
Samantha Torres
Records Supervisor
Signal Hill Police Department
2745 Walnut Avenue
Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 989-7213
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From: Greg Buhl

Hello Records Supervisor Samantha Torres,

Thanks for the documents. Sorry to bother you again, but the answers in red you refer to did not come through.

From: Signal Hill Police Department

Good Morning,
For some reason the font/color is not transmitting correctly on your end. I’ve attached the email again to show info in red, perhaps you can open in a different browser or computer. In addition, I’ve added the responses below… The answers are in bold and underlined. In the case that you did not receive the attachments, I’ve included them in this email.

Please let me know if this works for you.

Thank you.

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The reports you last produced on my Nov. 18th request seem to have been run on Nov. 21, 2020. Please see attached report run for 01/1/2020 through 12/13/2020. There was no data found
Did Signal Hill PD deactivate their ALPR’s after Nov. 21? Or were they active at the time of my last request? ALPR’s was essentially deactivated about two years ago. This was due to inoperable equipment and lack of use. Currently we do not have any ALPR’s equipment on our vehicles. At the time of your first request, ALPR’s was not activated.
The scan numbers might be the same, but I would still like current reports with the fill number of hits and detections for 2020. A report showing that it represents the full year is needed for statistical analysis. Please see attached.
I would assume if your ALPRs are deactivated it will show you are sharing no detections. However, I would still like to see that and any hotlists you are currently sharing, as well as who you are receiving shares and hotlists from. We do not share any information with outside agencies. Please see attached report.

Samantha Torres
Records Supervisor
Signal Hill Police Department
2745 Walnut Avenue
Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 989-7213
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