2018 Vigilant Data Sharing Information (Tarrant County District Attorney)

Dave Maass filed this request with the Tarrant County District Attorney of Tarrant County, TX.
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From: Dave Maass

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Dave Maass

From: Tarrant County District Attorney

Good afternoon,

I have forwarded your request to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. I have been informed that the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office does not have an Automated License Plate Recognition equipment or software. There are a few police department in Tarrant County that do have these types of systems. The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office does not have access to those records.

Regards,
Mark Kratovil
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Mark Kratovil
Assistant Criminal District Attorney
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office – Civil Division
401 W. Belknap
Fort Worth, Texas 76196
817-884-1233 (phone)
817-884-3333 (fax)
mckratovil@tarrantcountytx.gov<mailto:mckratovil@tarrantcountytx.gov>

Sharen Wilson
Criminal District Attorney
Tarrant County, Texas

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From: Dave Maass

Thank you so much for your quick response.

Many records we have obtained from law enforcement agencies show that they are explicitly sharing with the Tarrant County District Attorney. This is a line-item on their sharing reports.

On January 17, 2017 the Tarrant County Commissioners approved a $4,995 purchase for the District Attorney's office for access to Vigilant's systems.

http://tarrantcounty.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=3661

According the Tarrant County Auditor, this check was issued on February 17, 2017.

https://access.tarrantcounty.com/content/dam/main/auditor/AccountsPayableReports/CheckReg%20FY17/02-14-17.htm

I urge you to please reexamine this request.

Sincerely,

Dave Maass

From: Tarrant County District Attorney

Good afternoon,

After further looking into your request, the attached Agency Data Sharing Report was generated.

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office does not have any license plate readers, so we do not share or collect information. This office only uses the database to conduct searches to see if a particular plate has been seen by one of the contributing agencies. Further, this office has had zero dashboard hit reports and dashboard detection reports.

Regards,
Mark Kratovil
______________________________________________________________________
Mark Kratovil
Assistant Criminal District Attorney
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office – Civil Division
401 W. Belknap
Fort Worth, Texas 76196
817-884-1233 (phone)
817-884-3333 (fax)
mckratovil@tarrantcountytx.gov<mailto:mckratovil@tarrantcountytx.gov>

Sharen Wilson
Criminal District Attorney
Tarrant County, Texas

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CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This electronic transmission and any documents or other writings sent with it may contain information that is confidential, proprietary and/or privileged. It is intended for the sole use of the intended recipient. If you have received this communication in error, please promptly notify the sender at the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office by reply email and destroy the original message. Any inadvertent disclosure does not constitute a waiver of the attorney-client privilege or any other privilege. Any disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action concerning the contents of this communication or any attachment(s) by anyone other than the intended recipient is strictly prohibited.

From: Dave Maass

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it the thoroughness.

Sincerely,
Dave Maass

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