Police Weapons (Andover Police Department)

David Brown filed this request with the Andover Police Department of Andover, MA.


From: David Brown

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

• Any lists, databases, and inventory rosters containing weapons used by officers (i.e., firearms, tasers, batons, etc.).

If no such records exist than I request the alternative records:
• All records pertaining to the weapons that may be carried by officers as determined by the chief of police, or the board, or officer having control of the police under the authority granted in M.G.L. ch.41, §98
• All records pertaining to the most recent audit of firearms owned by the department

There is an active public debate on the utility of firearms to provide safety and protection. This debate involves elected officials such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh who is on record stating there is no need for Boston police officers to have long guns. A list of weapons that are currently owned, duly authorized, and safely stored by the state police is of great interest to the public in providing greater context for this public discourse.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. 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.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.


David Brown

From: Christopher Moore

I am trying to produce the list of information you are requesting. Could you please reach out to me at your earliest convenience as I would like to get you exactly what you are requesting, but am unclear exactly what it is?

Thank You

Sergeant Christopher Moore
Support Operations Supervisor
Andover Police Department
32 North Main St Andover MA 01810
978-475-0411 X3015
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From: David Brown

Sergeant Moore,

I'd like to know what weapons are authorized for use by and typically carried by Andover Police officers.

I tried to write the request to cover the relevant records that may include this information, though if you'd rather create a list I'd consider the request fulfilled. Please let me know if this is still unclear.

-Dave Brown

From: Patrick Keefe

Mr. Brown attached is my response.

Chief Patrick E Keefe
Andover Police Department
32 North Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
(978) 475-0411 ext 1005


From: David Brown


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

David Brown