2018 Vigilant Data Sharing Information (Valdosta Police Department)

Dave Maass filed this request with the Valdosta Police Department of Valdosta, GA.
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From: Dave Maass

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Dave Maass

From: Valdosta Police Department

In response to your recent request, we are not a custom of Vigilant Solutions or an operator of their ALPR systems. As such, we contribute no information to the LEARN database nor do we share any information with any other agency through the LEARN program or database.

In response to the request for aggregate plate "reads" and "hits" spanning 2016 and 2017, we have no access to this information as we are not customers or clients of LEARN. The Valdosta Police Department conducted a demo of the Vigilant Solutions ALPR system, which included access to the LEARN database program, in 2017. We decided against purchasing the Vigilant ALPR system and returned all provided and instilled equipment following that demo period. At the conclusion of the demo, we relinquished all access to the LEARN database. Any reports detailing the "reads" or "hits" submitted to LEARN during that demo period cannot be accessed by the Valdosta Police Department.

We share no "read", "hit" or "hotlist" information with any other agency.
Thanks,

Commander Bobbi McGraw
Bureau of Support Services
Valdosta Police Department
229-242-2606

Bobbimcgraw@valdostacity.com

From: Dave Maass

Thank you so much for the quick response.

Would it be possible to check again? I believe the City of Valdosta has a Vigilant Solution LEARN account through its partnership in Iron Sky.

http://jkheneghan.com/city/meetings/2013/Jul/07222013_IronSky_Video_BrookRunPark.pdf

Also, many agencies are showing the Valdosta Police Department on their share lists. For example:
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4312399-Data-Sharing-Report-Simi-Valley-Police.html

Is there another City of Valdosta that I haven't heard of?

From: Valdosta Police Department

Dear sirs/madam.

We are not a customer of Vigilant Solutions or an operator of their ALPR systems. As such, we contribute no information to the LEARN database nor do we share any information with any other agency through the LEARN program or database.

The Valdosta Police Department conducted a demo of the Vigilant Solutions ALPR system, which included access to the LEARN database program in 2017. We decided against purchasing the Vigilant ALPR system and returned all provided and instilled equipment following that demo period. At the conclusion of the demo, we relinquished all access to the LEARN database. Any reports detailing the "reads" or "hits" submitted to LEARN during that demo period cannot be accessed by the Valdosta Police Department.

As for your comments below, you appear to be suggesting that we are lying, which we are not. We have responded to your open records request and this matter is now CLOSED.

Brian Childress
Chief of Police

From: Dave Maass

Hi Chief Childress,

Thank you so much for the thorough response. I did not want to give the impression that your department was lying. Rather, in our experience filing these requests, agency administrators are often unaware that an individual officer has access to a LEARN account. Your response clears this up, and I want to applaud you for decision.

I wish you all the best. Again, I appreciate your diligence in this matter.

Sincerely,
Dave Maass

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