Police training videos

Andrew Quemere filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
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From: Andrew Quemere

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 police training videos

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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Andrew Quemere

From: Media Relations

August 1, 2017

via email only

Dear Mr Quemere,

The Boston Police Department (BPD) received your July 15, 2017 request for
public records on Tuesday July 18, 2017. This letter shall act as the
response to your request for public records. A response to a public
records request must be provided within ten (10) business days from the
business day a written request was received. G. L. c. 66, § 10 (a); 950
CMR 32.06(2)(b). It is expected that all public records responsive to a
request will be provided within twenty-five business days from the business
day a written request was received. G. L. c. 66, § 10(b)(vi); 950 CMR
32.06(2)(i). This response applies only to records that exist and are in
the custody of the BPD. *See* *A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records
Law*, p. 32, n.115. It is expected that a custodian of records must use
her superior knowledge of her records with respect to responses to public
records requests. 950 CMR 32.04(5).

Specifically you requested: * All police training videos

Pursuant to the Massachusetts law a municipal records custodian is
permitted to assess fees for the provision of public records. G. L. c. 66,
§ 10 (d); 950 CMR 32.07. There is a presumption under the Massachusetts
Public Records Law that government records are public; however, government
records custodians are permitted to redact or withhold portions of public
records. See G. L. c. 4, § 7 (26).

After a determination regarding the existence of any public records the BPD
will provide a supplemental response to your request. Any exemptions to
the Public Records Law that apply to permit or require redaction or
withholding will be described at that time, along with any applicable fees.

However, your request as presented is vague an as such the BPD is not able
to accurately determine an appropriate cost estimate to send. Please
provide additional information such as a specific training video,
e-learning course, academy training video, etc. We will not be able to
process this request without further clarification from you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Under Massachusetts law you may appeal this response to the Supervisor of
Records in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. G. L. c. 66, §
10A; 950 CMR 32.08. If you have any questions or concerns, please call
617-343-4520.

Sincerely,

Lt Detective Michael McCarthy

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