Passenger inspection notes photos reports 2016-11-09

Phil Mocek filed this request with the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority of Washington.
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From: Phil Mocek

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

One or more people who appeared to be transit agency staff but did not identify themselves investigated most or all riders (including me) on the northbound Sounder passenger train from Tacoma to Seattle, including the second car from front (304 A), at approximately 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. I do not know of any reason for the man who investigated me to have suspected me of fare evasion. He did not identify himself. If this unidentified man was, in fact, a public employee, I wish to review the accuracy of any records related to his unwarranted investigations of me and other presumed-innocent transit riders that your staff created during and as a result of those investigations.

I have observed that people appearing to be Sound Transit staff regularly photograph and make written notes about some passengers during their investigations.

I request:
- The content of those notebooks used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date
- The content of those cameras used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date
- Images captured by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date that are no longer on their cameras
- Any electronic "notes" created by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date during the course of performing their job duties on that date
- All reports filed by the aforementioned staff on that date and/or in regard to their work duties on that date
- E-mail sent or received by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date
- Warnings, notifications, and citations pertaining to suspected fare evasion authored by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date
- Staff duty roster applicable to the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date
- Records of certification, licensing, bonding, and training of the aforementioned staff
- Log of use of hand-held transit pass scanner devices (i.e., database of device's RFID contact with cards, etc.) used by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date
- Records of certification of accuracy of the aforementioned hand-held transit pass scanner device
- Records of software updates to hand-held transit pass scanner device
- Noted, memos, e-mails, etc., to fare evasion investigation staff concerning fare evasion investigation policies since November 4

Please prevent staff from destroying these public records--some of which were created just minutes or seconds prior to my filing of this request with you--prior to your making them available to the public. RCW 42.56.100 states, "If a public record request is made at a time when such record exists but is scheduled for destruction in the near future, the agency, the office of the secretary of the senate, or the office of the chief clerk of the house of representatives shall retain possession of the record, and may not destroy or erase the record until the request is resolved."

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Phil Mocek

From: Tennison, Leigh

This will acknowledge receipt of your request for the following documents from Wednesday, November 9, 2016:

1. The content of notebooks used by staff on this date and train;

2. The content of cameras used by staff on this date and train;

3. Images captured by staff on this date and train;

4. Any electronic notes created by staff on this date and train;

5. All reports filed by the aforementioned staff on that date and/or in regard to their work duties on that date;

6. Email sent or received by aforementioned staff on this date;

7. Warnings, notifications, and citations pertaining to suspected fare evasion authored by the aforementioned staff on this date;

8. Staff duty roster applicable to this train and this date;

9. Records of certification, licensing, bonding, and training of the aforementioned staff;

10. Log of use of hand held transit pass scanner devices used by staff on this date;

11. Records of certification of accuracy of the hand held transit pass scanner device;

12. Records of software updates to hand held transit pass scanner device;

13. Notes, memos, emails, etc. to fare evasion investigation staff concerning fare evasion investigation policies from November 4, 2016 to November 10, 2016.

We received your request on November 10, 2016 and November 12, 2016.

Given our staffs' workload, vacation schedules, and the number of requests we are currently handling, we estimate that it will take another 3-4 weeks to identify and to gather the responsive record. We will contact you when we have completed our search.

Sincerely,

Leigh Tennison
Assistant to Q'Deene Nagasawa, Public Records Officer
Sound Transit
401 S. Jackson Street
Seattle, WA. 98104
leigh.tennison@soundtransit.org<mailto:leigh.tennison@soundtransit.org>
T: 206.903.7104
F: 206.398.5222

From: Tennison, Leigh

**Amended to include train and time**
This will acknowledge receipt of your request for the following documents from Wednesday, November 9, 2016 on the northbound Sounder passenger train, second car from front, from Tacoma to Seattle at approximately 8:50 a.m.:

1. The content of notebooks used by staff on this date and train;
2. The content of cameras used by staff on this date and train;
3. Images captured by staff on this date and train;
4. Any electronic notes created by staff on this date and train;
5. All reports filed by the aforementioned staff on that date and/or in regard to their work duties on that date;
6. Email sent or received by aforementioned staff on this date;
7. Warnings, notifications, and citations pertaining to suspected fare evasion authored by the aforementioned staff on this date;
8. Staff duty roster applicable to this train and this date;
9. Records of certification, licensing, bonding, and training of the aforementioned staff;
10. Log of use of hand held transit pass scanner devices used by staff on this date;
11. Records of certification of accuracy of the hand held transit pass scanner device;
12. Records of software updates to hand held transit pass scanner device;
13. Notes, memos, emails, etc. to fare evasion investigation staff concerning fare evasion investigation policies from November 4, 2016 to November 10, 2016.

We received your request on November 10, 2016 and November 12, 2016.

Given our staffs' workload, vacation schedules, and the number of requests we are currently handling, we estimate that it will take another 3-4 weeks to identify and to gather the responsive record. We will contact you when we have completed our search.

Sincerely,

Leigh Tennison
Assistant to Q'Deene Nagasawa, Public Records Officer
Sound Transit
401 S. Jackson Street
Seattle, WA. 98104
leigh.tennison@soundtransit.org
T: 206.903.7104
F: 206.398.5222

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From: Phil Mocek

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please provide a status update on your processing of my Public Records Act request of November 12, 2016. Leigh Tennison at your agency acknowledged my request on November 18, 2016, and stated that you "estimate that it [would] take another 3-4 weeks to identify and to gather the responsive record" but despite five periodic requests for update by me since, I have received no further related contact from anyone at your agency.

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

From: Tennison, Leigh

In regards to records request number PD16-542 for records concerning November 9, 2016, your request was forwarded to the Security Operations Center for staff to search and gather responsive records. Listed below are specific responses to your individual requests:

1. The content of notebooks used by staff on this date and train.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records.

2. The content of cameras used by staff on this date and train.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records. Any pictures used for citations and/or warnings would be included with the court packages.

3. Images captured by staff on this date and train.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records. Any pictures used for citations and/or warnings would be included with the court packages.

4. Any electronic notes created by staff on this date and train.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records.

5. All reports filed by the aforementioned staff on that date and/or in regard to their work duties on that date.
Staff located 1 ticket list report and 1 daily activity report (DAL) totaling 2 pages. Reports filed by staff are attached.

6. Email sent or received by aforementioned staff on this date.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records.

7. Warnings, notifications, and citations pertaining to suspected fare evasion authored by the aforementioned staff on this date.
Staff located court packages for 1 citations/warnings totaling 6 pages, which are attached. Any drivers' license numbers have been redacted and are exempt from disclosure under RCW 42.56.330(5), RCW 42.56.230 and RCW 9.35.005(1)(c).

8. Staff duty roster applicable to this train and this date.
Staff located 1 shift roster totaling 1 page. Shift roster is attached.

9. Records of certification, licensing, bonding, and training of the aforementioned staff.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records.

10. Log of use of hand held transit pass scanner devices used by staff on this date.
Staff located the attached equipment sign-out log totaling 2 pages.

11. Records of certification of accuracy of the hand held transit pass scanner device.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records. The scanning devices will either read a card or show a failure to read.

12. Records of software updates to hand held transit pass scanner device.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records. The application updates itself.

13. Notes, memos, emails, etc. to fare evasion investigation staff concerning fare evasion investigation policies from November 4, 2016 to November 10, 2016.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records.

Sincerely,

Leigh Tennison
Assistant to Q'Deene Nagasawa, Public Records Officer
Sound Transit
401 S. Jackson Street
Seattle, WA. 98104
leigh.tennison@soundtransit.org<mailto:leigh.tennison@soundtransit.org>
T: 206.903.7104
F: 206.398.5222

From: Tennison, Leigh

The response below completes our response and we are closing this request file.

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