MOU between Boston Police Department and Boston Public Schools

Joshua Eaton filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.


From: Joshua Eaton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The current memorandum of understanding between the Boston Police Department and the Boston Public Schools and/or the Boston Public Schools Police.

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 email 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.

Joshua Eaton

From: Media Relations

November 4, 2016

Joshua Eaton


Dear Mr. Eaton:

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:

The current memorandum of understanding between the Boston Police
Department and the Boston Public Schools and/or the Boston Public Schools

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. Eaton,

The BPD is requesting clarification on this records request. Please provide
additional information to assist us in locating documents that may be in
the possession of the BPD. i.e. Date the MOU may have been executed,
subject matter of the MOU, etc. Thank you in advance for assisting us with
your request. We look forward to hearing back from you.

Lt McCarthy

From: Media Relations

Dear Mr. Eaton,

This is a follow up to a previous request for clarification. Please provide
us with some additional information so we can process your request.

Thank you

Lt McCarthy

From: Joshua Eaton

Dear Lt. McCarthy,

My apologies for the slow response. Does the Boston Police Department have MOUs with the Boston Public Schools or the Boston Public Schools Police outlining the terms of their relationship — for example, when BPD will make an arrest on BPS property as opposed to BPS Police, or BPS Police's specific powers and jurisdiction? If so, I am requesting the current version of those MOUs.

I'm sorry that I can't give more details, like the date an MOU was executed. I'm happy to speak on the phone, if that helps clarify my request — my number is 706-540-6651. Thanks for your help.


From: Media Relations

Dear Mr Eaton,

Pursuant to your records request below. Please find attached current MOU
responsive to your request.

Should you require further assistance please don't hesitate to contact our
office directly

Lt McCarthy

From: Joshua Eaton


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Joshua Eaton