Documents detailing police activity against graffiti on public land (Boston Police Department)

Jasper Craven filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
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From: Jasper Craven

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any documents detailing arrests made of graffiti "artists" as well as department plans to crack down on graffiti between 2010 and 2013

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, 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 fees cannot be waived, 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.


Jasper Craven

From: Estrada, David

September 11, 2013

Jasper Craven

Dear Mr. Craven:

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 information under the Freedom of Information Act about the following:

Any documents detailing arrests made of graffiti "artists" as well as department plans to crack down on graffiti between 2010 and 2013

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,

Cheryl Fiandaca
Bureau Chief
Bureau of Public Information
Boston Police Department


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Estrada, David

Hi Jasper,

I've been told by our records department that there are 64 incident reports involving graffiti arrests from 2010 to present. All of the reports will have to be printed out, redacted, and then copied/scanned (we do not have software that redacts reports). The estimated cost is $200.00. Please let me know how you wish to proceed.