ICE Referrals (Cambridge Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Cambridge Police Department of Cambridge, MA.


From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

The number of ICE/CBP referrals made by the agency since January 2012, grouped by month, year, and reason for arrest, reason for referral, and whether ICE took custody of the arrestee or not. The extent of this date range is the date that this request is processed on from, as noted before, January 1st 2012.

Any policies or guidelines on ICE referrals.

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.


Curtis Waltman

From: Warnick,Jeremy

Mr. Waltman,

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts officially became part of the Federal Secure Communities Program in mid-2012, so full year detainer report-related information would not have been available until 2013. This is outlined in page 2 of the policy published on our website:<>

With that, nine (9) actual ICE detainers were lodged since 2013 for individuals arrested and in CPD temporary custody on state criminal charges. None (0) of the nine arrestees were held on the ICE detainers, as all nine were either held on warrants, bail or no bail status by the bail commissioner. Two (2) of the nine detainers lodged occurred in 2016, but none have occurred in 2017.

The attached audit reports produced by the Cambridge Police Professional Standards Unit began in July 2014 and the attachment includes the most recent report, which reviewed July-December 2016. For further background, between 2014-2016, we had more than 6,100 arrests (combination of physical arrests and criminal complaints - where a person is summonsed to appear in court at a later date without an in-custody arrest or physical booking).

Jeremy Warnick
Director of Communications
Cambridge Police Department