Request #16-669

I am working on a journalism project at Stanford University. We are collecting data on pedestrian and traffic stops and searches made by cities across the country.

 I am requesting the raw data of traffic stops and pedestrian stops made by the New Orleans Police Department and laid out in your record description for the last ten (10) years. The fields of data we are requesting include, but are not limited to: 

  • case number and complaint
  • defendant gender, race, and DOB
  • vehicle year, color, make, model, style, and state in which it is registered
  • date of incident, time of incident, location of incident and milepost
  • approximate speed and posted speed 
  • any violations and/or sanctions, whether a search was conducted, whether contraband was found, whether the person was arrested and what type of enforcement took place. 
  • officer ID number, race, gender
  • officer date of birth and information on years of service 

To be clear, this request is for all data from traffic stops and pedestrian stops considered to be public record. This includes, but is not limited to, the above list of data types. 

This request is not being made for commercial purposes. We ask that the request be provided electronically. We can accept the data in many common formats, including as CSV, tab-separated file, spreadsheet or other database formats. Data can be emailed to a Box folder at

In the event data must be sent physically on a CD or portable drive, please mail to: 

Attn: Peninsula Press
Stanford Journalism Program
450 Serra Mall, Building 120, Stanford, CA 94305. 

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. 

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. 



Madelyne Xiao

Journalist Researcher

Stanford University



July 5, 2016 via web


July 8, 2016


Media Request - NOPD


Madelyne Xiao






Point of Contact

Jezreel Joseph

Department Assignment Public
Media Request - NOPD (was New Orleans Police Department (NOPD))
August 16, 2016, 1:28pm
Request Published Public
July 6, 2016, 10:14am
Request Closed   Hide Public

Please be advised that your request cannot be fulfilled because it requires the department to created a new record.

Currently, the information that you have requested does not exist in the format requested.  Individual cases would have to be manually culled through in order to ascertain the information requested and a new record of fields requested would have to be created.

Notably, the Public Records Law does not require the custodian to create a document to satisfy a request.  See Nungesser v. Brown, 95-3005 (La. 2/16/96); 667 So. 2d 1036, 1037.  See also La. Op. Att’y Gen. 1996-97 (July 3, 1996); La. Op. Att’y Gen. 97-328 (July 27, 1997).  Accordingly, your request will not be fulfilled.

July 5, 2016, 2:37pm
Department Assignment Public
New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)
July 5, 2016, 2:12pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
July 5, 2016, 1:14pm