FOI processing manuals, lists and instructions (Boston Police Department)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
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CM 16-045

Multi Request FOI processing manuals, lists and instructions
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any internal manuals, instructions, forms or checksheets for how the law enforcement agency processes records requests.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

From: Boston Police Department

Good Morning Emma:

Please find enclosed a written response to your request as well as a
responsive record.

Yours truly,

Shawn A. Williams, Esq.

Director of Public Records

Records Access Officer

City of Boston

1 City Hall Plaza, Room 615

Boston, MA 02201

(617) 635-4037

From: Boston Police Department

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Would you please clarify your request? I am not clear as to what records you seek or how to even begin to search.   If you have a specific visit that you would like more information about that would be most helpful.
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