Borrowing of Cell Site Simulators (Boston Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
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From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documents relating to any agreements, contracts or instances where the Department loaned out a cell site simulator (including StingRay, AmberJack, Hailstorm, Kingfish, Gossamer, Triggerfish, or DRTboxes) to another law enforcement department. This includes:
-emails
-memos
-written requests
-invoices
-contracts or other agreements
-any documentation on specific instances where a cell site simulator was loaned out

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.

Sincerely,

Curtis Waltman

From: Media Relations

December 7, 2016

Curtis Waltman

Muckrock

Dear Mr. Waltman:

Pursuant to G. L. c. 66, § 10 (b), this correspondence is to confirm
receipt of your request for documents that are potentially in the
possession, custody or control of the Boston Police Department.
Specifically, you have requested:

Documents relating to any agreements, contracts or instances where the
Department loaned out a cell site simulator (including StingRay, AmberJack,
Hailstorm, Kingfish, Gossamer, Triggerfish, or DRTboxes) to another law
enforcement department. This includes:
-emails
-memos
-written requests
-invoices
-contracts or other agreements
-any documentation on specific instances where a cell site simulator was
loaned out

We will contact you as soon as possible with our findings, and will send
you a cost estimate for your requested materials if fulfilling the request
is expected to exceed $10.00, per 950 C.M.R. 32.06(1); 950 C.M.R. 32.03;
M.G.L. c 66 § 10(a).

Please be advised that we research each request in the order it was
received, and it may take longer than ten days to be fulfilled. If your
request requires a substantial amount of research, reviewing and redacting,
fulfilling the request will take a significant amount of time. Please plan
accordingly.

Thank you,

Office of Media Relations

Boston Police Department

617-343-3520

www.bpdnews.com

From: Media Relations

Dear Mr Waltman,

Pursuant to your recent records request the The Boston Police Department
has deployed it's cell site simulator technology at the request of outside
law enforcement agencies on ten (10) occasions. Nine (9) different agencies
have requested the Department's assistance through the use of the
equipment. Of these agencies, five (5) were state or local law enforcement
and four (4) were federal entities. Assuming responsive documentation
exists identifying these agencies, including emails, memos, written
requests, invoices, contracts or other agreements, any further details
regarding the deployment of cell site simulators for other law enforcement
agencies is exempt from disclosure by M.G.L. c 4 s. 7(26)(f). Disclosure of
the information contained in these documents would not be in the public
interest and would prejudice the possibility of effective law enforcement.
The protection of such investigatory materials is essential to ensure that
the Department can continue to effectively monitor and control criminal
activity and thus protect the safety of private citizens.

If you have further questions please contact the Office of Media Relations
at 617-343-4520

thank you,
Office of Media Relations

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