Suspicious Packages/Activity reports (Boston Police Department)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Database or listing of all reports of suspicious packages and/or activity from January 1, 2013 to the day this request is processed.

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.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Estrada, David

Please see the attachment.


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 30, 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

May 16, 2013

Shawn Musgrave

Re: Public Records Request

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

You have requested documents in the possession, custody or control of the Boston Police Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, you requested: Database or listing of all reports of suspicious packages and/or activity from January 1, 2013 to the day this request is processed.

In response to your request, the cost of your requested records is $45.00*. Upon receipt of payment, the documents requested will be sent to you via email. See M.G.L. c. 66 § 10 and M.G.L. c. 4, § 7. See M.G.L. c. 4, § 7 (26)(a), (c), (f). Please make your check or money order payable to the City of Boston, and forward to the Bureau of Public Information, 1 Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120-2010 with a copy of this letter for reference. See 950 C.M.R. 32.06(1); 950 C.M.R. 32.03; M.G.L. c 66 § 10(a).

Please be advised that this office does not provide legal assistance, opinions or explanations about police policy to the public, and will not respond to any such request. If you have been denied records by the Boston Police Department, you have the right to appeal this decision with the Supervisor of Public Records at the Public Records Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Should you have any questions or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact this office.


Cheryl Fiandaca, Bureau Chief
Bureau of Public Information

*3 hours total for data collection and redacting at $15 per hour (intern rate) - $45.00.

From: Estrada, David