Open Records Request: Information on StingRay Tracking Devices used by the EBTPD

Mark Cottell filed this request with the East Brandywine Township Police Department of Downingtown, PA.
Due Aug. 10, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Mark Cottell

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

ATTN: Officer Eugene Babetski

All information pertaining to the possession of, and the use of StingRay Tracking Devices, please include purchase, rental and/or leasing information and the targets of its use for the past 3 years.

I look forward to your response.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Mark Cottell
253 Sills Lane
Downing town, PA 19335
E: mcottell@verizon.net

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Mark Cottell

From: Gene Babetski

Mr. Cottell,

I just returned from Texas and I am working on your request. You should have it within 30 days. Lt Babetski

From: Mark Cottell

Hi Lt Babetski,

I am following up on this request because we are approaching the deadline. I also sent a second request which hasn't received a response yet. That request was entitled "Police Inventory Lists (East Brandywine Police Department)." Please let me know if you require any clarification.

Best regards,

Mark Cottell
253 Sills Lane
Downingtown, PA 19335

From: Gene Babetski

Me Correll,

I apologize for my lack of communication. I have been out for several weeks post surgery. I expect to be cleared for duty by the end of September. I. Will handle your request as priority at that time.
Lt Babetski

From: Mark Cottell

Lt. Babetski,

I apologize, I had no idea you are recovering from surgery. I hope you are doing well. Please do not be concerned about my request, just get better.

Godspeed,

Mark Cottell

From: Gene Babetski

Mr. Cottell,

Attached the information that we have to provide. Honestly, I have never heard of a "StingRay" tracking device. Sincerely, Lt Babetski

From: Mark Cottell

Lt. Babetski,

Thank you for working on this request. For the following items:

1. All information regarding non-lethal weapons they have had in their possession for the past 3 years.
2. All information pertaining to the possession and use of Stingray tracking devices for the past 3 years.
3. All information regarding the use of contractors including those hired by DHS in conjunction with East Brandywine Police Department for the past 3 years.

...I received the response: “Exempt under section 708.” There are many specific subsections under Exemption 708. Which of these are you citing for each of the 3 requests? For example: Exemption 708 (6)(ii) or Exemption 708 (7)(ix). It appears as if there is information for these requests that isn't being released. Clarification for the reason the exemption was cited would help determine my next steps.

I appreciate your time and patience.

Best regards,

Mark Cottell

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