Wisconsin - Record Layout of Traffic Stop Data

Big Local News filed this request with the Wisconsin State Patrol of Wisconsin.


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 Wisconsin's Open Records 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


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: Ballhorn, Shannon P - DOT

Vignesh Ramachandran,

Wisconsin State Patrol received a follow up request from you today, July 15, 2015, from your original request on June 30, 2015. However, we already responded to your request on July 6, 2015.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Shannon P. Ballhorn
Budget and Policy Supervisor
Wisconsin State Patrol

From: Vignesh Ramachandran

Hi Shannon,

I apologize for the redundancy. The system we use to organize our data automatically sent a follow-up. Please ignore today’s 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.


Vignesh Ramachandran
Managing Editor, Peninsula Press <http://peninsulapress.com/>
Program Administrator, Stanford Journalism Program
email vram@stanford.edu <mailto:vram@stanford.edu>