City policies regarding Civilian Oversight of Police (Boston Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
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From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents containing policies and procedures that establish the authority/powers of the civilian review board, office of civilian complaints, civilian police commission, civilian inspector general, or other civilian oversight structure of the police department.

If no civilian oversight board exists, copy of any policies or procedures for handling civilian complaints.

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,

Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Media Relations

January 4, 2017

Samuel Sinyangwe
Muckrock

Dear Mr. Sinyangwe:

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:

All documents containing policies and procedures that establish the
authority/powers of the civilian review board, office of civilian
complaints, civilian police commission, civilian inspector general, or
other civilian oversight structure of the police department.

If no civilian oversight board exists, copy of any policies or procedures
for handling civilian complaints.

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- <(617)%20343-3520>4520
www.bpdnews.com

From: Media Relations

Mr.Sinyangwe,

Please find documents responsive to your request attached below. Follow
this City of Boston Link
<https://www.boston.gov/departments/law/community-ombudsman-oversight-panel> for
further explanation and applicable documents to your request.

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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