Masked LEOs (Denver Police Department)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Denver Police Department of Denver, CO.

It is a clone of this request.

Multi Request Masked LEOs
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. Policies, including implementation, termination and expiration notices, mentioning or discussing mask mandates or requirements for employees.

2. Reports regarding alleged violations of or non-compliance with mask mandates or requirements.

3. Records documenting any disciplinary actions taken regarding Item #2.

4. Emails, letters, memos and other written or memorialized discussions with unions or employee representatives regarding actual or proposed mask mandates or requirements (such as those requested in Item #1).

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma North-Best

From: Denver Police Department

Your request has been received and is in process.

Andrea Webber | Records Administrator
Department of Public Safety| City and County of Denver
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From: Denver Police Department

Good Afternoon -
Given this is a citywide mask mandate, the custodian of these records would be the Office of Human Resources. They can be reached at I have attached the Denver Public Health & Environment Order and the Message from the Mayor as potentially responsive. The vaccination mandate reporting, which includes breakdowns by department, will be being posted here<>.

Regarding your request for discipline, we have identified one case potentially responsive to your request, C2021-034. This case is currently open, and the disciplinary process has not been completed. This Department and the public share an interest in a thorough and comprehensive review of this case. Those interests outweigh any public purpose to be served by the release of the responsive records at this time. Your request for records related to C2021-034is respectfully denied because we believe it would be contrary to the public interest to release records from an open case pending completion of the discipline process. Section 24-72-305(5), C.R.S.

The last portion of your request is extremely broad. We need more specific information so we can identify the records that could be potentially responsive to this portion of your request.

Thank you,
Andrea Webber | Records Administrator
Department of Public Safety| City and County of Denver
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