2018 Vigilant Data Sharing Information (St. Louis County Police Department)

Dave Maass filed this request with the St. Louis County Police Department of St. Louis County, MO.
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From: Dave Maass

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Missouri Sunshine Law and the Missouri Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1) The names of agencies and organizations with which the Agency shares Automated License Plate Recognition (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

The aggregate number of “detections” (i.e. license plate scans and associated data) collected during 2016.
The aggregate number of detections collected during 2017.
The aggregate number of “hits” (i.e. times that a plate on a hotlist was detected) during 2016.
The aggregate number of “hits” during 2017.

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.

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,

Dave Maass

From:

Good morning!  I have received your request for information related to ALPR.  I will be in touch again within the next week or so with an estimated cost.
Thank you,
Heather Heather Hannon  DSN 4044 St. Louis County Police Department Record Room Supervisor 7900 Forsyth Blvd. St. Louis, MO  63105 314-615-3719

From: St. Louis County Police Department

I just wanted to let you know we are still working on this request and will be in contact with you as soon as possible with an estimated cost.  Thank you for being so patient. Heather Hannon  DSN 4044 St. Louis County Police Department Record Room Supervisor 7900 Forsyth Blvd. St. Louis, MO  63105 314-615-3719

From: St. Louis County Police Department

We are still working on putting together an estimate to process your request. Due to the present work load and staffing, the estimate should be available by the end of business on Tuesday 3/20/18. Thank You Brittany Hughes DSN 4301 St. Louis County Police Department Police Records Supervisor 314-615-5310

From: St. Louis County Police Department

Attached, please find the information you asked for in the first section of your request. For the remaining information requested (listed below) the estimated total to process your request is $43.50. We can begin to process your request once payment is received. 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. Please feel free to contact me at the number below with any questions. Heather Hannon  DSN 4044 St. Louis County Police Department Record Room Supervisor 7900 Forsyth Blvd. St. Louis, MO  63105 314-615-3719

From: St. Louis County Police Department

Heather Hannon  DSN 4044 St. Louis County Police Department Record Room Supervisor 7900 Forsyth Blvd. St. Louis, MO  63105 314-615-3719

From: Dave Maass

Hi,

Could you please explain what the fee is for? We have received the same documents from more than 80 agencies across the country who have not required charges. It is our understanding that this information takes no more than 10 minutes to retrieve. If you agency is not aware of how many detections you've scanned, then that is certainly troubling and I urge your agency to reevaluate whether its policies are sufficient for protecting the rights of your citizens and the cybersecurity of your system.

I urge you to reconsider the fee and produce the records. Residents of St. Louis County deserve as much transparency as other residents around the country.

Thank you,

Dave

From: St. Louis County Police Department

Good morning Mr. Maass: ALPR is a new system to the St. Louis County Police Department. It will take our ALPR Administrator approximately one hour at a rate of $43.50 per hour to search for and compile the data you are requesting. The St. Louis County Police Department respectfully declines to waive the fees associated with your request. 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. We can begin to process your request when payment is received. Once the data has been compiled, we will provide you the records you are requesting. As a reminder, 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. Heather Hannon  DSN 4044 St. Louis County Police Department Record Room Supervisor 7900 Forsyth Blvd. St. Louis, MO  63105 314-615-3719

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