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Saint Joseph County, Banjo

Caroline Haskins filed this request with the Saint Joseph County Police of South Bend, IN.


From: Caroline Haskins

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Banjo Inc. is an artificial intelligence platform that claims to provide a real-time display of events and possible crimes. Media reports state that this department is using Banjo Inc. (https://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Goshen-Ind-Police-Get-OK-to-Use-Intel-Sharing-Platform.html)

Therefore, I hereby request the following records:

* Any contracts, purchase, orders, invoices, and receipts related to Banjo Inc.

* All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials (including recorded video and audio, PowerPoint files, prepared remarks, and slides formats), and other guidance on the use of Banjo Inc. software. This includes A) any notes taken during meetings that discussed the use of Banjo Inc. software, B) any explanations (whether internally or externally generated) of how Banjo Inc. software works, and C) any other document that has been used to help explain the use of Banjo Inc. software to any party, including internal documentation, public relations materials, and executive summaries.

* A copy of any privacy impact assessments, use policies, standard operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions, warranties, non-disclosure agreements, contracts, liability waivers, insurance agreements, Requests for Proposals, Responses to Requests for Proposal, Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Interest, usage policies, or informal agreements between this department and Banjo Inc..

* A copy of any funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports that mention Banjo Inc. as well as audit records, including but not limited to security audits of the software, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies.

* Any digital communications including but not limited to emails and text messages) as well as documents, (including but not limited to PDF, word processing, excel, and slide documents) that mention Banjo Inc.

Please limit the time frame of the requested documents from January 1, 2019 to the time that this request is processed.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public in the process of reporting for BuzzFeed News, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. Therefore, I hereby request that all fees are waived in the processing of this request.

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.


Caroline Haskins


Please see the attached responsive documents to your APRA request regarding Banjo.



Troy D. Warner

Legal Advisor

Public Information Liaison

St. Joseph Co. Police Dept.

401 W. Sample St.

South Bend, IN. 46601

Desk 574.245.6507

Mobile 574.340.3673


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