Emails on APD Rape Kit Audit (Austin Police Department)

Mackenzie Farkus filed this request with the Austin Police Department of Austin, TX.
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Multi Request Emails on APD Rape Kit Audit


From: Mackenzie Farkus

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All emails on or related to the audit on Austin Police Department's handling of rape kits.

I am a career journalist with work that has appeared in various publications such as MuckRock, The Simmons Voice, and The Westwood Horizon. I am willing to pay any reasonable expenses associated with this request, however, as the purpose of the requested disclosure is in full conformity with the statutory requirements for a waiver of fees, I formally request such a waiver.

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.


Mackenzie Farkus

From: Austin Police Department

Dear Ms. Mackenzie Farkus:
Thank you for your interest in the public records of the Austin Police Department. Your request has been received and is being processed. Your request was received in this office on 2/7/2019 and given the reference number R011798-020719 for tracking purposes.
Please be advised that the Austin Police Department’s Central Records Division receives over 2500 requests for information a month. These requests are processed in the order received, and we strive to respond to each request promptly, as required by law.
Please know that, as a result of the large volume of requests received, the anticipated timeframe for responding to your request is approximately 45-60 business days.
You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records requested. PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.
You can monitor the progress of your request at the link below and you’ll receive an email when your request has been completed. Again, thank you for using the Austin Public Records Center.
Austin Police Department

From: Austin Police Department

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Re: Open Record Request of February 07, 2019, Reference # R011798-020719
Dear Ms. Mackenzie Farkus,
The City of Austin received a Public Information request from you on February 07, 2019, to request copies of records pertaining to the following:
In order to process your request I need more information. Are you able to clarify what you are requesting? Are you requesting emails from all sworn employees? If so, is there a specific email that you are looking for or keywords we can search by? Or are you only interested in the emails between the Chiefs or any specific rank?  I need more information and clarification so I can send it to our technical support to have the emails pulled. To pull the entire departments emails without specifications would take a lot of time/labor to complete and result in a substantial cost estimate. That means you would not receive the responsive information for some time, like months, and you would have to pay a large sum of money. Please let me know how you would like to proceed I will not begin working on this request until I hear back.

From: Mackenzie Farkus


Thanks for the response. To clarify my request, I would like emails from all sworn employees containing the keywords "Texas DPS audit," "DPS audit," "Department of Public Safety audit," and "rape kit audit" from Jan. 2016 to the present.

Let me know if you require further clarification.

Mackenzie Farkus

From: New York City Police Department

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.