Police Inventory Lists (Cambridge Police Department)

George LeVines filed this request with the Cambridge Police Department of Cambridge, MA.
Status
Rejected

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From: George LeVines

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any lists, databases and inventory rosters containing equipment used in the field of duty (i.e., firearms, protective gear, surveillance equipment, tactical and defense equipment, vehicles, etc).

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 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.

Sincerely,

George LeVines

From: MuckRock.com

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: MuckRock.com

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: MuckRock.com

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: MuckRock.com

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: MuckRock.com

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: MuckRock.com

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: MuckRock.com

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: MuckRock.com

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: MuckRock.com

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: Requests Muckrock

Cambridge Police Department
125 Sixth Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

This is a follow up to a previous request:

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.

---

On Aug. 28, 2013:

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.

---

On Aug. 13, 2013:

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.

---

On July 29, 2013:

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.

---

On July 14, 2013:

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.

---

On June 29, 2013:

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.

---

On June 14, 2013:

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.

---

On May 30, 2013:

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.

---

On May 15, 2013:

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.

---

On April 30, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any lists, databases and inventory rosters containing equipment used in the
field of duty (i.e., firearms, protective gear, surveillance equipment,
tactical and defense equipment, vehicles, etc).

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 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.

Sincerely,

George LeVines

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 5079
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: MuckRock.com

CPD had not been receiving emails -- dates reset.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 12, 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: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 12, 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: Requests Muckrock

Cambridge Police Department
125 Sixth Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 12, 2013. Please let me
know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification
is needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Sept. 27, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 12, 2013. Please let me
know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification
is needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Sept. 12, 2013:

<em>CPD had not been receiving emails -- dates reset.</em>

---

On Sept. 12, 2013:

Cambridge Police Department
125 Sixth Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

This is a follow up to a previous request:

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.

---

On Aug. 28, 2013:

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.

---

On Aug. 13, 2013:

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.

---

On July 29, 2013:

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.

---

On July 14, 2013:

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.

---

On June 29, 2013:

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.

---

On June 14, 2013:

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.

---

On May 30, 2013:

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.

---

On May 15, 2013:

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.

---

On April 30, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any lists, databases and inventory rosters containing equipment used in the
field of duty (i.e., firearms, protective gear, surveillance equipment,
tactical and defense equipment, vehicles, etc).

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 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.

Sincerely,

George LeVines

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 5079
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

---

On Sept. 12, 2013:

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.

---

On Aug. 28, 2013:

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.

---

On Aug. 13, 2013:

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.

---

On July 29, 2013:

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.

---

On July 14, 2013:

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.

---

On June 29, 2013:

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.

---

On June 14, 2013:

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.

---

On May 30, 2013:

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.

---

On May 15, 2013:

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.

---

On April 30, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any lists, databases and inventory rosters containing equipment used in the
field of duty (i.e., firearms, protective gear, surveillance equipment,
tactical and defense equipment, vehicles, etc).

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 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.

Sincerely,

George LeVines

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 5079
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: Dan Riviello

We are processing this request and should have cost estimate letter to you this week.

Best,
Dan Riviello
Director of Communications & Media Relations

From: James J. Mulcahy Legal Advisor Cambridge Police Department

To whom it may concern:

This is in response to your public records request for: “Any lists, databases and inventory rosters containing equipment used in the field of duty (i.e., firearms, protective gear, surveillance equipment, tactical and defense equipment, vehicles, etc).”

The Cambridge Police Department declines to release this information, citing M.G.L. c. 4, § 7(26)(b) and (f). Section 7(26)(b) of G.L. c. 4 applies to those records that are:

“related solely to internal personnel rules and practices of the government unit, provided however, that such records shall be withheld only to the extent that proper performance of necessary governmental functions requires such withholding.”

By releasing information about what equipment is used by police personnel in the field of duty, the Department would necessarily be releasing information about internal procedures and practices related to legitimate law enforcement activity. Releasing this information could allow criminals to circumvent this law enforcement activity and also unnecessarily place police officers in danger.

Section 7(26)(f) of G.L. c. 4 provides records custodians a basis for withholding:

“investigatory materials necessarily compiled out of the public view by law enforcement or other investigatory officials the disclosure of which materials would probably so prejudice the possibility of effective law enforcement that such disclosure would not be in the public interest. “

As noted in “A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law,” under this exemption, “a records custodian may withhold any information relating to an ongoing investigation that could potentially alert suspects to the activities of investigative officials. Similarly, records custodians may withhold confidential investigative techniques indefinitely since their disclosure would prejudice future law enforcement efforts.”

By releasing information about what equipment is used by police personnel in the field of duty, the Department could potentially alert suspects to the activities of Cambridge police officers on current and ongoing investigations. This unnecessary release of information could compromise an investigation and raise serious officer safety concerns. Additionally, the release of the requested information would necessarily disclose investigative techniques, which could certainly prejudice future law enforcement efforts. Neither of these scenarios is in the public interest.

You are hereby notified that you may seek redress within ninety (90) days through the administrative process provided by the Supervisor of Records, Office of the State Secretary, One Ashburton Place, Room 1719, Boston, MA 02108. See M.G.L. c. 66, § 10(b); 950 C.M.R. 32.08.

Sincerely,


________________________
James J. Mulcahy
Legal Advisor
Cambridge Police Department
125 Sixth Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
(t) 617-349-3344
(f) 617-349-3320

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