Request for homicide statistics (Baltimore Police Department)

Ann Givens filed this request with the Baltimore Police Department of Baltimore, MD.
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From: Ann Givens

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Maryland's Public Information Act ("PIA"), I hereby request the following records:

Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am requesting access to and copies of records from your agency as part of our continuing coverage of gun violence and policing. The date range for this request is January 1, 2010 to the present:

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about homicides. I am therefore requesting records containing the following information for each homicide recorded by your department between Jan. 1, 2010 and present:

-- The police report number and/or incident number for the homicide.
-- The date and time of incident
-- The location of the incident
-- The weapon used
-- Age, race, gender of the victim
-- Age, race, gender of the suspect (if applicable.)
-- The status of the case

If possible, please provide the information electronically in the form of a spreadsheet where each row represents one case.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you informed me of the total charges before completing my request. We request that if you send an invoice, you make it out to The Trace.

I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available. If standard mail must be used, we ask that you send the request to the following address:

The Trace (at WeWork)
Attn: Ann Givens
428 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: 917-434-0736.

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.

Sincerely,

Ann Givens

From: DCU

Ms. Givens
You have made a request for public records pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA), which is the General Provisions Article, § 4-101, et seq., of the Annotated Code of Maryland. You have requested records of homicide data. The Custodian of Records for the Homicide Section has reviewed your request. The Homicide Section does not track the records in the exact manner you requested. The Custodian has complied records from several data sets to provide records that are as closely responsive with the requested records as possible.

Below is a description of the records the BPD can provide.

For the “Case Status”, information was created with information from the Lotus Notes database creating PDF file.

For the “Weapon Used” the Homicide Section does not track specifically the weapon used. Homicide Section keeps a running total of what weapons were used, but not broken down by specific cases. The BPD will provide those sheets (they are broken down by year) and are named, “Yr End Hom Analysis.” Weapons used are tracked in cases, however they are listed within the Case Management System and each case would have to be reviewed individually to determine the type of weapon that was used. The Custodian would have to review over 1,500 case files and manually record each weapon used.

The Homicide Section does not track, “The time” of the incident specifically, however that information is listed within each individual case in Lotus Notes and the Custodian would have to review over 1,500 case files and manually record the time for each incident.

The Custodian has provided all Victim and Suspect information for the requested years. Please be advised the Custodian track suspects differently. Suspect information may appear in a different year then when the homicide took place, depending when an arrest was made.

The Custodian and I has expended in excess of 4 hours on this request. If you agree to accept the records as I have described them as the complete fulfillment of your request, the BPD will waive the cost of compiling and processing the records and e-mail to you.

Please let me know if you agree to accept the records described above as the complete fulfillment of your request. If so I will e-mail them to you within 5 days.

Sincerely,

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
100 N Holiday St., Room 100,
Baltimore, Md. 21202
DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>

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From: DCU

The Below response was sent to you on December 21, 2016. I am waiting for a response as to whether you will accept the records described above as the complete fulfillment of your request.

From: Ann Givens

Thank you for responding to our records request. Please send us the records as you have described them, free of charge. We will consider the request fulfilled.
Sincerely,
Ann Givens
917-434-0736

From: DCU

Ms. Givens,

Please see the attached data sets as agreed upon.
Sincerely,

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
100 N Holiday St., Room 100,
Baltimore, Md. 21202
DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information contained in or attached to this e-mail message may be a privileged and confidential attorney/client communication, or otherwise confidential, and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are notified that any distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the Legal Affairs Division immediately by telephone at 410-396-2496 and DELETE the message from your system immediately. Thank you.

The materials in this e-mail are private and may contain sensitive law enforcement information. Please note that e-mail is not necessarily confidential or secure. Use of e-mail constitutes your acknowledgment of these confidentiality and security limitations. If you are not the intended recipient, be advised that any unauthorized use, disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited as covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510-2521. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender via telephone or return e-mail.

From: Ann Givens

Hi,

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

Sincerely,
Ann Givens

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