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|Submitted||Aug. 13, 2015|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), Ark. Code Ann. § § 25-19-101 to 25-19-109, I hereby request the following records:
Training plans submitted by Arkansas Police Departments and Emergency Services Units to the Department of Defense's AR state coordinator, Dr. Charisse Childers, for the use of 1033 equipment and vehicles - as described in the below statement from Michelle McCaskill, spokesperson for the Defense Logistics Agency:
"It has always been the responsibility of each state’s designated coordinator to ensure that each and every Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) is trained on the equipment they received from the 1033 program. LEAs are required to certify to DoD through the state coordinator they have a training plan for an asset that requires specialized training, to include armored vehicles and aircraft, before the equipment is issued. LESO receives a copy of the plan only – the approval process is at the state coordinator level."
If any supplementary training material was included with the proposal (e.g. a powerpoint such as this: https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2162544/responsive-documents.pdf), please consider this within the parameters of the request. With each training plan submitted by an Emergency Services Unit, please also provide any documents that list the participating police agencies and/or which departments house the vehicles and equipment that require training.
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 fees cannot be waived, 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.
Please find the information attached and below regarding your FOIA request received August 13, 2015 at 3:09PM. We have attached the documents that are responsive to your request.
Also, in response to your request, James Ray of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) has provided some clarification regarding your request in these responsive documents. Just to clarify, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) only required proof of training for armored vehicles (MRAP) and aircraft in December of 2014. DLA and Arkansas Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) have never required training plans for each and every piece of property issued through the LESO program. In addition, all of the armored vehicles in Arkansas were issued prior to December of 2014. Arkansas LESO requested the law enforcement agencies that received aircraft and armored vehicles prior to December 2014, attend training and the documents reflect they attended the training. Any new allocation of armored vehicles and aircraft after December 2014, the law enforcement agency must provide justification and training prior to receiving the property.
As requested, we are sending these files in a digital format at no cost. For future reference, we typically charge $.3 per printed page.
Kathy Koontz Edgerton
Director of Communications
525 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201