Expenditures relating to visits from federal officials (Columbus Division of Police)

Emma Best filed this request with the Columbus Division of Police of Columbus, OH.
Multi Request Expenditures relating to visits from federal officials
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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Records describing, authorizing or mentioning expenses or personnel assignments in response to or accommodation of visits from officials in the federal government between January 1, 2001 and the present.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Columbus Division of Police

Ms. Best,
Attached are copies of overtime sheets from dignitary visits from 2015 to date. The last week of 2014 we started using a new payroll system and this is how it is kept in the computer. Prior to that, it was combined as overtime for any special event which could cover festivals, parades, holidays etc., and the reason I cannot give you anything specific for dignitary visits. Hopefully this helps somewhat with your request. Feel free to call with any questions.

Thank you,

A. Morris

Amy L. Morris
Columbus Police Department
Public Records Unit
120 Marconi Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-645-4989
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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