Documents related to fingerprint checks and taxi services

Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.


From: Mary Connaughton

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 and all documents related to fingerprint checks and employment screening for taxi drivers conducted by the Hackney Carriage Unit.

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 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.


Brendon Murphy

From: Media Relations

March 22, 2016

Brendon Murphy

Dear Mr. Murphy:

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:

any and all documents related to fingerprint checks and employment
screening for taxi drivers conducted by the Hackney Carriage Unit.

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

Thank you,

Office of Media Relations

Boston Police Department


From: Media Relations

Dear Mr Murphy,

Please be advised that your recent records request below as presented is
vague and unclear. Please specify if you seek blank documents i.e. hackney
application etc or are you seeking completed document by all 1800 plus
licensed hackney operators in the City of Boston. In the interim I have
attached a copy of BPD rule 403 which outlines hackney regulations and
fingerprint requirements etc. Please let us know how you would like to

Lt Det Mike McCarthy

From: Media Relations

Dear Mr. Murphy,

Following up on our June 14, 2016 email seeking clarification on your
request. Please provide the additional information requested so we can
process this request.

Thank you,

Lt McCarthy

From: Media Relations

Dear Mr. Murphy,

This email is a follow up to previous emails on 6/14/16 and again on
8/27/16, requesting clarification on your records request. As of this email
we have not received any requested clarification information from you.
Seeing as over four months have passed since the initial request for
clarification with no response from you we will consider this request
withdrawn. Should you have questions pleas don't hesitate to reach out

Lt Mike McCarthy