Boston Countering Violent Extremism

Waqas Mirza filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.

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From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all briefs, memos, directives, PowerPoint slides, guidelines or other documents concerning the countering violent extremism (CVE) model developed by the Greater Boston Regional Collaborative.

A copy of all records that define, display, present, state, update, clarify, teach, or explain Boston's model for CVE.

A copy of all emails, letters, and other written communication between Boston Police officers and between the Boston Police Department and other governmental partners concerning CVE.

You can restrict your search to records created after January 1, 2014 to the date this request is processed.

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,

Waqas Mirza

From: Media Relations

January 27, 2016

Waqas Mirza

Muckrock

Dear Mr. Mirza:

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:

A copy of all briefs, memos, directives, PowerPoint slides, guidelines or
other documents concerning the countering violent extremism (CVE) model
developed by the Greater Boston Regional Collaborative.

A copy of all records that define, display, present, state, update,
clarify, teach, or explain Boston's model for CVE.

A copy of all emails, letters, and other written communication between
Boston Police officers and between the Boston Police Department and other
governmental partners concerning CVE.

You can restrict your search to records created after January 1, 2014 to
the date this request is processed.

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

Waqas Mirza,

Attached please find documents responsive to your request. Additionally,
and specific to your request, the Department is relying on existing
programs and community partnerships that are part of its mission of
community policing as opposed to creating new CVE programs. Assuming that
this information is responsive to your request, the Department's
documentation of this approach, which does not create any specific CVE
programs, is exempt from disclosure by M.G.L. c.4 s 7(26)(f) and (n).
Specifically, the documents relate on ongoing development of policy
positions within the Department and include investigatory materials, the
disclosure of which would prejudice the possibility of effective law
enforcement. The protection of such investigatory materials and reports is
essential to ensure that the Department can continue to monitor and control
criminal activity and thus protect the safety of private citizens.

Should you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out directly
to my office.

Thank you,

Lt McCarthy

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