Search Warrant Data (Anchorage Police Department)

LPL filed this request with the Anchorage Police Department of Anchorage, AK.
Multi Request Search Warrant Data
Est. Completion None


From: LPL

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Alaska Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

For all search warrants, applications for search warrants, cancellations, and authorization for search warrants between 2012 to the date of processing this request, please provide the following points of record for each:

Full Name of requester
If arrest, arrest ID (eg some cities/states use, "Incident Report")
Reason(s) for search warrant (typically either hand-written, or checkboxes)
Badge ID (or similar) of requester
Name of Judge
Name of approving officer
Whether an Arrest happened
Requested location of search warrant
Location of search warrant execution
Type of search warrant
Statements used to justify search warrant
Time and date when search warrant was submitted for approval
Time and date when search warrant was executed
Whether anything was seized
Whether anything was found
License plate of vehicle (if relevant)
Race of person for search warrant
Age of person for search warrant
State of person for search warrant
Whether an informant was involved
Method of contact with informant leading to search warrant (eg, phone call, mail, fax, email, etc)
Description of person search warrant executed on
Legal code of violation
Description of violation
Date of violation
If search warrant related to debt: name of company debt is owed to, amount owed
Whether FBI involved
ID associated with FBI document (eg, IR #)
Whether search warrant was cancelled
Whether contraband found
Whether narcotics found

The records responsive to this request are likely available in a database, or in some query-able format. If your department or agency does not have direct access to the records, please raise to the respective department that can run queries directly (eg, through SQL).

Should your agency not have all of the requested records within a single record or document, please provide me the relevant documents that do, even if that requires more than one class of document. Should some of the records be unavailable, please let me know ahead of time so that we can narrow the request accordingly.

As the records responsive to this request are imperative for understanding how search warrants are executed, I ask that the public interest of these records be evaluated to the extent that the public's interest outweighs this request's burden. To add, this request is being sent to the largest city of every state and will be collated together to create a comprehensive map of search warrants throughout the US. As such, the records are not only important for understanding search warrants at a local level, but also at a national and state-wide level.

Please ensure that provided documents comply with Section 508, as these records will be shared with members of the public who are covered under the ADA. This guide should be helpful:

If this request was sent to the wrong department or agency, please let me know so that I can send to the correct place.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Lucy Parsons Labs

From: Anchorage Police Department

Dear MuckRock News,

The Anchorage Police Department is in receipt of your request for records relating to: “Search Warrant Data”.

Under the Anchorage Municipal Code (AMC) we are to provide you with the requested documents within two days of a request or notify the requestor we are unable to provide the documents within two days. If we are unable to provide the documents, we are to make further inquiry to the requestor as to whether the documents are still requested (AMC 3.90.060, AMC 3.90.060 (C)).

This is to advise you that we cannot provide the requested documents within two days, but we will provide the documents in a reasonable amount of time provided:

1) you advise us that you still want the documents;
2) they exist; and
3) based upon the estimate we send you; you are willing to pay in advance for the search and retrieval of the records and any associated costs. (AMC 3.90.050, AMC 3.90.002, AMC 3.90.005)

As noted above, we cannot research and provide the documents requested within two days. Therefore, please let me know if you still desire the documents and if you are willing to pay the estimated charges for retrieval, review and redaction (if necessary). At this time the cost is estimated to be over $500.00 (five hundred dollars). Please keep in mind this is an estimate and the total fees could exceed the estimate.

If you are willing to pay in advance the amount indicated above, please advise by return letter or email and provide notification on who to contact for payment.

Please be aware that should you decide to pay for the “search, retrieval and redaction” of documents, you may not receive copies of all the documents we find that are relevant to your request. Some of the documents may be legally exempt from production under our public records ordinance. Until we have performed the search and examined the documents we will not know if any exemptions apply (AMC 3.90.040).

APD will await your response before proceeding with your request. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


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Jennifer Leneave
Records Manager
Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
Office: (907) 786-2670
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