|Submitted||Oct. 31, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
Contracts between the Boston Police Department and all private crime labs used for forensic analyses
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 business days, as the statute requires.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Public Records Law request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 31, 2017. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
14 November 2017
Re: November 14, 2017 Public Records Request #B000698-111417
The Boston Police Department (BPD) received your October 31, 2017 request
for public records. This letter shall act as the response to your request
for public records. A response to a public records request must be
provided within ten (10) business days from the business day a written
request was received. G. L. c. 66, § 10 (a); 950 CMR 32.06(2)(b). It is
expected that all public records responsive to a request will be provided
within twenty-five business days from the business day a written request
was received. G. L. c. 66, § 10(b)(vi); 950 CMR 32.06(2)(i). This
response applies only to records that exist and are in the custody of the
BPD. *See* *A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law*, p. 32,
n.115. It is expected that a custodian of records must use her superior
knowledge of her records with respect to responses to public records
requests. 950 CMR 32.04(5).
Specifically, you requested: Contracts between the Boston Police Department
and all private crime labs used for forensic analyses.
After a extensive search regarding the existence of any public records of
'contracts between the Boston Police Department and all private crime labs
used for forensic analyses' was conducted, the Boston Police Department has
determined these records do not exist.
Under Massachusetts law you may appeal this response to the Supervisor of
Records in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. G. L. c. 66, §
10A; 950 CMR 32.08. If you have any questions or concerns, please call
Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy
Director, Media Relations
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