Virginia - Record Layout of Traffic Stop Data

Peninsula Press filed this request with the Virginia State Police of Virginia.
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From: Vignesh Ramachandran

To Whom It May Concern:

I am the managing editor of Peninsula Press, a multimedia news website based out of Stanford University in California. We are working on collecting data on traffic stops and searches made by state patrols across the country, but I'm initially gathering information about what datapoints each state collects.

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

I’d like to please request the record layout (the format of a data record, which includes the name, type and size of each field in the record) or data dictionary for your state’s records of traffic stops made on your roads. (What are all the datapoints you collect and keep record of when traffic stops are made?)

The requested data will be analyzed, eventually be made available to the general public and be used for editorial purposes. This request is not being made for commercial purposes. We kindly ask the request be filled electronically — via Excel or another database format. Data can be emailed to vram@stanford.edu or shared via a Dropbox link. In the event data has to be sent physically on a CD or thumb drive, please mail to Peninsula Press, Stanford Journalism Program, 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vignesh Ramachandran

Vignesh Ramachandran
Managing Editor, Peninsula Press
Stanford Journalism Program
email vram@stanford.edu
phone 650.723.0703
physical mail 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 30, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lambert, Tom, 1/Sgt.

Mr. Vignesh Ramachandran

Please be advised that Virginia State Police employees cannot give legal advice, nor interpret the law for members of the public. Any information provided is for general guidance purposes only and may not apply to all factual situations. Persons needing legal advice may contact Virginia Lawyer Referral Service <http://www.vsb.org/vlrs/> at 1-800-552-7977 to be referred to a private attorney for a 30-minute consultation for a pre-paid fee of $35.00.

Please review you e-mails for July 2 and 3 in which you were forwarded and acknowledged the requested information. As was noted at that time the data fields/ datapoints captured in the Virginia State Police report are:

RACE

TRAFFIC ARRESTS

SEARCH ARREST

SEARCH STOPS

TOTAL SEARCH

A sample report was provided and is provided again at this time.


Thomas Lambert
First Sergeant
Office of legal Affairs
Virginia State Police

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Good Afternoon Sgt. Lambert,

I apologize for the redundancy. The system we use to organize our data automatically sent a follow-up. Please ignore the follow-up request. I have noted that this request is completed and we’ll be in touch in a few weeks with any further questions.

Thanks,
Vignesh

Vignesh Ramachandran
Managing Editor, Peninsula Press <http://peninsulapress.com/>
Stanford Journalism Program
email vram@stanford.edu <mailto:vram@stanford.edu>
phone 650.723.0703
physical mail 450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305

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