ALPR DETECTIONS/HITS/SHARING

Trina Kleist filed this request with the Saint Louis County PD of St. Louis, MO.
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From: Trina Kleist


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the The Missouri Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

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.

This information is easily available within the Agency’s 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

An example of this record may be found at this link:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3936113-Palos-Verdes-Estates-Police-Department-Data.html

A number of other agencies have regularly determined the above information constitutes a public record and have provided an “Agency Data Sharing Report.” These agencies include:

Anaheim Police Department, Antioch Police Department, Bakersfield Police Department Chino Police Department, Clovis Police Department, Elk Grove Police Department, Fontana Police Department, Fountain Valley Police Department, Glendora Police Department, Hawthorne Police Department, Irvine Police Department, Livermore Police Department, Lodi Police Department, Long Beach Police Department, Montebello Police Department, Orange Police Department, Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, Red Bluff Police Department, Sacramento Police Department, San Bernardino Police Department, San Diego Police Department, San Rafael Police Department, San Ramon Police Department, Simi Valley Police Department, and the Tulare Police Department.

We further request the following records:

5) The aggregate number of “detections” (i.e. license plate scans and associated data) collected during 2016;
6) The aggregate number of detections collected during 2017;
7) The aggregate number of detections collected during 2018;
8) The aggregate number of “hits” (i.e. times that a plate on a hotlist was detected) during 2016;
9) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2017;
10) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2018.

This information is easily available within the Agency’s 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.

An example of this document may be found at: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3870802-Sacramento-PD-Hit-Ratio-Rpt-010112-051917-Redacted.html

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 following agencies have regularly determined the above information constitutes a public record and have provided an “Dashboard Hit Ratio Report.” These agencies include:

Anaheim Police Department; Bakersfield Police Department; Chino Police Department; Clovis Police Department; Elk Grove Police Department; Fontana Police Department; Irvine Police Department; La Habra Police Department; Laguna Beach Police Department; Lodi Police Department; Sacramento Police Department; San Diego Police Department; San Ramon Police Department; and the Red Bluff Police Department.

For a list of other agencies that have provided records of these nature, please visit: https://www.eff.org/pages/explore-alpr

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Trina Kleist

From: Saint Louis County PD

Good afternoon Ms. Kleist:

Regarding your request below, I have the following information.

In response to points 1, 3 and 4, the St. Louis County Police Department does not share ALPR data with any other agency. Additionally, it does not share or receive “hot list” information with or from any other agency.

In response to point 2, it would take an Information Systems Architect approximately 15 minutes to compile this data at the rate of $55.63 per hour = $11.13.

Regarding points 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, it will take a Mobile Tech Specialist approximately one hour to compile the responsive data at the rate of $19.49 per hour.

The total estimated to process your request is $30.62. We can begin to process your request once payment is received, and based on the present workload, it should be completed approximately within two weeks after payment is received. We accept cash, credit cards (in person only) and checks or money orders (payable to St. Louis County). It can be sent to the address below my signature. Please send it to my attention along with a copy of this email.

Please note this is an estimate. If the actual amount is more, you will be required to pay the difference prior to receiving the documents. If the actual amount is less, you will be refunded the difference. In addition, the response time is only an estimate given the existing work load, and is also subject to change. Additionally, the fee provided is based on the salary that results in the lowest amount of charges.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Regards,

Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381

From: Trina Kleist

Dear Lt. Gomez:

Thank you very kindly for your prompt response.

Regarding the requested fee of $30.62, I respectfully ask that you consider waiving this fee:

1. It is in the public's interest for the Saint Louis County PD to release these records, because release of these records contributes significantly to the public's understanding of government activity.

2. I am a member of the media.

3. At the same time, I am conducting this request as part of a journalism school graduate-level project.

4. Additionally, it is contrary to the public's interest to charge the public for work done for the public by public officials, whose salaries are paid for with public monies.

Thank you for your considering of this request. I eagerly await your reply.

Sincerely,

Trina Kleist

From: Saint Louis County PD

Good morning Ms. Kleist:

Your request for a waiver of fees is respectfully declined.
Regards,

Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381

From: Trina Kleist

Hi Lt. Gomez,
Thank you for getting back to me.
For starters, let's narrow this request to my original items 5) to 10), which I'm repeating here for your convenience:
5) The aggregate number of “detections” (i.e. license plate scans and associated data) collected during 2016;
6) The aggregate number of detections collected during 2017;
7) The aggregate number of detections collected during 2018;
8) The aggregate number of “hits” (i.e. times that a plate on a hotlist was detected) during 2016;
9) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2017;
10) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2018.
Regarding the fee, I would like to point out that other police departments have sent us this requested information at no charge. Those agencies include police departments in St. Charles, Springfield, and Kansas City, Mo.
For your reference, here are two email conversations regarding these requests, from St. Charles and Springfield. As you can see, the question of fees did not come up.
https://www.muckrock.com/foi/springfield-403/2018-vigilant-data-sharing-information-springfield-police-department-49054/
https://www.muckrock.com/foi/st-charles-20637/2018-vigilant-data-sharing-information-police-49016/
In light of these precedents, I hope that you would reconsider the fee.
Respectfully,
Trina Kleist

From: Saint Louis County PD

Good morning Ms. Kleist:

In response to your narrowed request for:

5) The aggregate number of “detections” (i.e. license plate scans and associated data) collected during 2016;
6) The aggregate number of detections collected during 2017;
7) The aggregate number of detections collected during 2018;
8) The aggregate number of “hits” (i.e. times that a plate on a hotlist was detected) during 2016;
9) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2017;
10) The aggregate number of “hits” during 2018.

Your request for a waiver of fees is respectfully declined. It will take a Mobile Tech Specialist approximately one hour to compile the responsive data at the rate of $19.49 per hour. We can begin to process your request once payment is received, and based on the present workload, it should be completed approximately within one week after payment is received. We accept cash, credit cards (in person only) and checks or money orders (payable to St. Louis County). It can be sent to the address below my signature. Please send it to my attention along with a copy of this email.
Please note this is an estimate. If the actual amount is more, you will be required to pay the difference prior to receiving the documents. If the actual amount is less, you will be refunded the difference. In addition, the response time is only an estimate given the existing work load, and is also subject to change. Additionally, the fee provided is based on the salary that results in the lowest amount of charges.
Regards,

Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381

From: Dave Maass


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $19.49 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Trina Kleist

Dear Lt. Gomez, have you received the payment of $19.49, which was sent on 11/13?
Thank you for checking.
Trina Kleist

From: Saint Louis County PD

Good morning Ms. Kleist:

I have not received it yet. It typically takes 7-10 days for us to get them. I will let you know when we receive it.
Regards,

Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381

From: Saint Louis County PD

Good morning Ms. Kleist:

We received your check in the amount of $19.49 on today’s date. I have forwarded the request to our Computer Services for processing. I will send it you the records via email if possible when they are available.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Regards,

Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381

From: Trina Kleist

Thank you, Lt. Gomez, I appreciate the update.
I hope you have a pleasant Thanksgiving.
Regards,
Trina Kleist

From: Saint Louis County PD

Thank you! I hope you do as well.
I believe your request has been completed, but I am away from the office for the remainder of the day. I hope to have it to you by tomorrow morning.
Regards,
Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381
From: 'requests@muckrock.com' < requests@muckrock.com> (mailto:requests@muckrock.com) Date: Thursday, Nov 21, 2019, 11:18 AM To: Gomez, Juan < JGomez@stlouisco.com> (mailto:JGomez@stlouisco.com) Subject: RE: The Missouri Sunshine Law Request: ALPR DETECTIONS/HITS/SHARING

Saint Louis County PD
The Missouri Sunshine Law Office
7900 Forsyth Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63105
November 21, 2019
This is a follow up to a previous request:
Thank you, Lt. Gomez, I appreciate the update.
I hope you have a pleasant Thanksgiving.
Regards,
Trina Kleist
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On Nov. 20, 2019:
Subject: RE: The Missouri Sunshine Law Request: ALPR DETECTIONS/HITS/SHARING
Good morning Ms. Kleist:
We received your check in the amount of $19.49 on today’s date. I have forwarded the request to our Computer Services for processing. I will send it you the records via email if possible when they are available.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Regards,
Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381
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On Nov. 19, 2019:
Subject: RE: The Missouri Sunshine Law Request: ALPR DETECTIONS/HITS/SHARING
Good morning Ms. Kleist:
I have not received it yet. It typically takes 7-10 days for us to get them. I will let you know when we receive it.
Regards,
Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381
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From: Saint Louis County PD

Good morning Ms. Kleist:

Attached are the documents responsive to your request. The amount of time required for research was slightly over what was estimated, but there will be no additional fees. Would you please advise to what address I should send the receipt for the payment submitted?

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend.
Regards,

Lieutenant Francis Gomez
St. Louis County Police Department
Bureau of Central Police Records
7900 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 615-0381

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