DC Metropolitan Police Department ALPR

Carlton Purvis filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
Tracking # 130404-005
Status
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From: Carlton Purvis

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1974, D.C. Code Ann. § 2-531 et seq. ("D.C. Act"), I hereby request the following records:

All documents relating to usage of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology by the Metropolitan Police Department, including but not limited to documents indicating:

-scope of ALPR deployment;
-purposes for which ALPR technology is employed;
-means of handling and storing ALPR data;
-extent and timeline for ALPR data storage; and
-protocols and extent of ALPR data sharing between MPDC and other government agencies.

Please include all contracts and agreements concerning ALPR technology and deployment.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Carlton Purvis

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 Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Admin, FOIA (MPD)

Dear Mr. Purvis,

Please find attached a letter acknowledging receipt of your FOIA request.

Sincerely,

Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Office
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Room 4153
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 727-3721

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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 Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #130404-005.

Thank you for your help.

From: Archie-Mills, Lisa (MPD)

Good Morning Mr. Purvis,

Please find attached a copy of documents responsive to the above referenced subject FOIA.

Thank you for your patience.

Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, an e-mail and/or U.S. mailing address at which you can be reached.

The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to The Mayor's Correspondence Unit at
foia.mayor@dc.gov<mailto:foia.mayor@dc.gov>. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency, or to the agency head of that agency, if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there.

Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

From: Carlton Purvis

Thank you. So because no specific documents concerning the scope of deployment, purposes for ALPR technology, handling/storing ALPR data, or extent of ALPR data storage were included in this response, is it safe to say DC doesn't have a set handling and storage policy unique to this data or any kind of SOP for APLR use and deployment?

Sincerely,

Carlton Purvis

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 Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #130404-005.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #130404-005.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #130404-005.

Thank you for your help.

From: Archie-Mills, Lisa (MPD)

Good Morning Mr. Purvis,

A response with attachment of documents was provided to you via e-mail dated May 16, 2013, 11:11 am, regarding FOIA # 130404-004, in reference to ALPR Technology. The e-mail address used was requests@muckrock.com. Please advise if this e-mail was ever received.

Thank you.

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From: Carlton Purvis

Hi please see my email from May 17th. I replied to your response asking why some of the documents were missing.

Because no specific documents concerning the scope of deployment, purposes for ALPR technology, handling/storing ALPR data, or extent of ALPR data storage were included in this response, is it safe to say DC doesn't have a set handling and storage policy unique to this data or any kind of SOP for APLR use and deployment or were those documents mistakenly left out?

Sincerely,

Carlton Purvis

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 Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #130404-005.

Thank you for your help.

From: Archie-Mills, Lisa (MPD)

Good Morning Mr. Purvis,

Sorry for any delays, however, the FOIA office would not have an answer to the question you are seeking. We merely provide you with the documentation that is provided to the FOIA office from the program offices in which your request would pertain to.

I am trying to obtain an answer for you from MPD's program office that provided the information, once I receive a response I will advise.

Thank you very much, you have been most patient.

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From: Archie-Mills, Lisa (MPD)

Good Morning Mr. Purvis,

With regards to your question(s), the response I received from the Homeland Security Bureau of the Metropolitan Police Department is, the information you seek is covered in the General Order that was provided to you relating to License Plate Reader Program. Please refer to that document.

Thank you for your patience.

From: Carlton Purvis

Lisa,

I'm not finding a General Order relating to the License Plate Reader Program among the responsive documents. I see about a dozen purchase orders and a half dozen MOUs. However I was able to find that general order online here: https://go.mpdconline.com/GO/GO_303_09.pdf

Thanks for your help.

Carlton Purvis

From: MPD

July 24, 2013
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue NW
Room 4153
Washington, DC 20001

This is a follow up to request number 130404-005:

Lisa,

I'm not finding a General Order relating to the License Plate Reader Program among the responsive documents. I see about a dozen purchase orders and a half dozen MOUs. However I was able to find that general order online here: https://go.mpdconline.com/GO/GO_303_09.pdf

Thanks for your help.

Carlton Purvis

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On July 24, 2013:

Good Morning Mr. Purvis,

With regards to your question(s), the response I received from the Homeland Security Bureau of the Metropolitan Police Department is, the information you seek is covered in the General Order that was provided to you relating to License Plate Reader Program. Please refer to that document.

Thank you for your patience.

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On July 17, 2013:

Good Morning Mr. Purvis,

Sorry for any delays, however, the FOIA office would not have an answer to the question you are seeking. We merely provide you with the documentation that is provided to the FOIA office from the program offices in which your request would pertain to.

I am trying to obtain an answer for you from MPD's program office that provided the information, once I receive a response I will advise.

Thank you very much, you have been most patient.

Learn about the District’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan at www.playdc.org.
Take a SURVEY to help shape the next 10 years of investments in the DC park system.

---

On July 16, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #130404-005.

Thank you for your help.

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On July 1, 2013:

Hi please see my email from May 17th. I replied to your response asking why some of the documents were missing.

Because no specific documents concerning the scope of deployment, purposes for ALPR technology, handling/storing ALPR data, or extent of ALPR data storage were included in this response, is it safe to say DC doesn't have a set handling and storage policy unique to this data or any kind of SOP for APLR use and deployment or were those documents mistakenly left out?

Sincerely,

Carlton Purvis

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On July 1, 2013:

Good Morning Mr. Purvis,

A response with attachment of documents was provided to you via e-mail dated May 16, 2013, 11:11 am, regarding FOIA # 130404-004, in reference to ALPR Technology. The e-mail address used was requests@muckrock.com. Please advise if this e-mail was ever received.

Thank you.

OneCityYouth.DC.gov is your new, one-stop source for summer activities for District youth.
Head to the site today for programs & services for young people across the District!

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On July 1, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #130404-005.

Thank you for your help.

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On June 16, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #130404-005.

Thank you for your help.

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On June 1, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #130404-005.

Thank you for your help.

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On May 17, 2013:

Thank you. So because no specific documents concerning the scope of deployment, purposes for ALPR technology, handling/storing ALPR data, or extent of ALPR data storage were included in this response, is it safe to say DC doesn't have a set handling and storage policy unique to this data or any kind of SOP for APLR use and deployment?

Sincerely,

Carlton Purvis

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On May 16, 2013:

Good Morning Mr. Purvis,

Please find attached a copy of documents responsive to the above referenced subject FOIA.

Thank you for your patience.

Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, an e-mail and/or U.S. mailing address at which you can be reached.

The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to The Mayor's Correspondence Unit at
foia.mayor@dc.gov<mailto:foia.mayor@dc.gov>. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency, or to the agency head of that agency, if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there.

Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

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On May 15, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #130404-005.

Thank you for your help.

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On April 9, 2013:

Dear Mr. Purvis,

Please find attached a letter acknowledging receipt of your FOIA request.

Sincerely,

Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Office
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Room 4153
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 727-3721

The DC Office of Tax and Revenue is offering free tax assistance in your community this month.
For more information, contact the OTR Customer Service Center at (202) 727-4TAX or visit
www.taxpayerservicecenter.com<http://www.taxpayerservicecenter.com>.

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On April 4, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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On March 6, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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On Feb. 12, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1974, D.C. Code Ann. § 2-531 et seq. ("D.C. Act"), I hereby request the following records:

All documents relating to usage of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology by the Metropolitan Police Department, including but not limited to documents indicating:

-scope of ALPR deployment;
-purposes for which ALPR technology is employed;
-means of handling and storing ALPR data;
-extent and timeline for ALPR data storage; and
-protocols and extent of ALPR data sharing between MPDC and other government agencies.

Please include all contracts and agreements concerning ALPR technology and deployment.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

From: MuckRock

Per conversation between requester and MPD, this document should have been included.

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