|Submitted||Feb. 4, 2015|
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Dear Boston Police Department,
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
Electronic records showing details of cars reported stolen in the city of Boston between January 26 and the date on which you retrieve/export the records. This request is for any and all non-exempt fields, including but not limited to the fields showing license plate number, date reported stolen, date last seen, make, model, and location last seen. I understand this information is recorded on paper and then entered into a database, and I ask that you please provide the records in the same electronic format in which they exist, such as a spreadsheet or delimited text file.
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 my reporting and news gathering and processed by me, a representative of the news media/press. I make this request in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
Please contact me with any questions regarding the format of these electronic records. In addition, 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 time and commitment to an open and transparent government process. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.
February 4, 2015
Dear Ms. Williams:
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:
Electronic records showing details of cars reported stolen in the city
of Boston between January 26 and the date on which you retrieve/export the
records. This request is for any and all non-exempt fields, including but
not limited to the fields showing license plate number, date reported
stolen, date last seen, make, model, and location last seen. I understand
this information is recorded on paper and then entered into a database, and
I ask that you please provide the records in the same electronic format in
which they exist, such as a spreadsheet or delimited text file.
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
Office of Media Relations
Boston Police Department
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 4, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thank you for your help.
Dear Ms. Williams,
Please find attached records responsive to your request. Should you need
any further assistance please contact Media Relations.
Lt. Michael McCarthy
Director, Media Relations
Thank you, Lt. McCarthy. I appreciate it and will contact Media Relations with any questions.