TASER and Axon Body camera records (Baltimore Police Department)

Jay Cassano filed this request with the Baltimore Police Department of Baltimore, MD .
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From: Jay Cassano

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records pertaining to TASER International, Axon body cameras, and Evidence.com. This includes but is not limited to: communications, contracts, invoices, presentations, marketing materials received, training manuals, and usage policies.

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,

Jay Cassano

From: DCU

Mr. Cassano,

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. Your request for "All records pertaining to TASER International, Axon body cameras, and Evidence.com. This includes but is not limited to: communications, contracts, invoices, presentations, marketing materials received, training manuals, and usage policies", may involve records maintained by several custodians within the BPD.
I am attaching the Body Worn Cameras policy 824 for your review. I have also sent your request to several BPD custodians to ascertain what responsive records that may be available and the possible cost to gather and process those records as allowed by General Provisions Article, § 4-206 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. Please refer to tracking # MPIA 17 147 in any subsequent correspondence in this matter.

Thank You

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
410 396 2395

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From: Jay Cassano

Hello Mr. Brooks,

Thank you for the acknowledgement and for sharing Policy 824. I appreciate the prompt reply and look forward to a response regarding other records.

# MPIA 17 147

Thank you,
Jay Cassano

From: DCU

Mr. Cassano,

I have already provided the Body-Worn Camera policy.

According to the Director of the Baltimore Police Department's I T Section, the custodian for bids, contracts and presentation materials is the Baltimore City Comptroller's Office and/or the Bureau of Purchases. The Police Department is not the custodian for these documents. A majority of these documents are publicly available on CitiBuy, the City's procurement portal. Here is the link: https://www.baltimorecitibuy.org/bso/login.jsp you will need to click on "Contract & Bid Search" and put in the vendor name, description of the material or other information if known.

City of Baltimore
Office of the Comptroller
204 City Hall
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: (410) 396-4755
Fax: (410) 685-4416

Bureau of Purchases
City Hall - Room 250
100 N. Holliday St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone (410) 396-3835
Fax (410) 576-9425

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: DCU

Mr. Cassano,

The Baltimore Police Department's will not release training material pursuant to G P §§ 4-345, 4-351 of the MD Annotated Code.

Below is additional information received from Baltimore Police Department's Sgt. Joshua E. Rosenblatt, Law Instructor at the Professional Development & Training Academy.
We have two different "levels" of training with regard to Body-Worn Camera (BWC). One of these levels of training is for supervisors (who will need to use evidence.com to review member BWC footage) and the other is for members who are actually going to be issued a BWC.

Both levels cover: operation of the Axon Body 2, use of evidence.com, and departmental BWC policy. These presentations are lecture-based with the assistance of PowerPoint slides. There is also a brief, informal q & a with a member of the BWC unit in order to address member/supervisor concerns.

Those who will be issued a camera receive hands-on instruction with regard to function-testing, use, and mounting of the cameras. We also assist them in setting up their evidence.com account and making sure that they can access the evidence.com account and view the video that they recorded during the "use" portion of instruction.

Those who will be issued a camera also have ITS staff update/upgrade their departmental phones (as needed) and members are shown how to use the Axon

I hope I have provided the information you need. Has waived all costs associated with this request to date. with the three responses the BPD, considers this request closed and fulfilled.

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.

Thank You

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
410 396 2395

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.

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