Firearm Project, Florida Highway Patrol

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Florida Highway Patrol of Florida.
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From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am requesting access to and copies of records from your agency as part of our continuing coverage of gun trafficking. I have broken the request into three parts, each of which details the records that we are seeking. As expressed below, the date range for each part of this request is January 1, 2010 to the present:

1) Detailed information on stolen guns

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen by the citizens they serve. We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction:

-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The serial number, make, model, caliber, type and any other descriptive information for each firearm that was reported stolen

We would appreciate if this data was provided in a spreadsheet. If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide any record layout and/or code sheets.

The date range for this part is January 1, 2010 to the present.

2) Detailed information about crime guns

Second, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, recovered at crimes scenes or seized during investigations in their jurisdictions, including the make, model and serial number of each gun. We are therefore requesting the following:

-- The following records regarding firearms used in crimes in your agency’s jurisdiction, recovered at crime scenes or seized during investigations: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime; the police report number for the crime; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed.

If your agency maintains a spreadsheet or database containing these records, we ask that you please provide that database. I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case, the same as part 1) “Detailed information about stolen guns.”

I would like to note that we are not at this time seeking copies of police reports or any other investigative records associated with these crimes; we are only seeking information about the firearms used and some general information about the crimes that is generally released to the public.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

3) Detailed information on lost, stolen or unaccounted for law enforcement guns

Finally, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that, while under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise accounted for. Therefore we request the following:

-- Any and all records of department-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise accounted for.

-- If your department does not issue firearms, then we ask for any and all records of firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or otherwise became unaccounted for while under the control and/or in the possession of one of your employees.

The records should include but not be limited to the following:

• The make, model, serial number and caliber of each lost or stolen firearm
• The location and address where the firearm was stolen
• The date of the loss or theft.
• The date the lost or theft was reported
• Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered
• If the lost or stolen firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery
• A description of how the firearm was lost or stolen
• Whether negligence on the part of the employee is/was suspected in the loss or theft of the firearm
• Whether the employee in control of the firearm retired, was terminated or otherwise left the department, and if so, the date and circumstances of the employee’s departure and whether his or her gun was retrieved and/or recovered.
• Any other individual reports and findings on the individual lost or stolen firearms

The records should include but not be limited to databases, reports, memos, internal affairs investigations, emails or other correspondence, and/or any other records.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

Please label each record in a clear manner. As a news organization, we will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public and are not requesting it for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you informed me of the total charges before completing my request. We request that if you send an invoice, you make it out to The Trace.

I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. If standard mail must be used, we ask that you send the request to the following address:

The Trace (at WeWork)
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354

Sincerely,

Brian Freskos

From: FHP

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From: Guzzo, Kiara

Good morning,

I am writing to confirm receipt of your public records request submitted on October 31, 2016. I have begun obtaining records responsive to your request. You should hear from myself or the appropriate person handling your request shortly. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Kiara Guzzo
Public Records Coordinator
Office of General Counsel
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Neil Kirkman Bldg., Room A432
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0504
Telephone: (850)617-3101

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Kiara. Please send the documents when they are ready and let me know about any possible charges.

From: Guzzo, Kiara

Good afternoon,

I am responding to your public records request. I have been checking for all the information that is being requested. We are able to provide a spreadsheet that was created, which responds to item #3 of the request. I am checking a few more places for records on the first two items, however so far we have been unable to easily locate anything. Without looking through every single police report, there is no easy way to identify those records. Please see the attached spreadsheet however, responding to item #3 and let me know if you would like any of the supporting documents, in which case I will prepare an estimate.

Sincerely,

Kiara Guzzo
Public Records Coordinator
Office of General Counsel
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Neil Kirkman Bldg., Room A432
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0504
Telephone: (850)617-3101

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Kiara,

Thank you so much for supplying this information. Yes, I would like the supporting documents. Please provide an estimate.

From: Guzzo, Kiara

Good morning,

I am writing to provide an estimate for the supplemental records requested in response to the spreadsheet I provided for item #3 of the request. There were 2 and a half hours spent on reviewing and redacting those records. At my rate of pay that would be $38.17 after the first 30 minutes, which are free of charge. The records we have are electronic and therefore there is no fee for them.

Upon receipt of payment, the Department will finish processing your request and send the records as soon as possible.

Please send your check or money order, payable to Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to:
Attn: Kiara Guzzo, Public Records Coordinator
Office of General Counsel
2900 Apalachee Parkway, Room A432 MS 2
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Kiara Guzzo
Public Records Coordinator
Office of General Counsel
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Neil Kirkman Bldg., Room A432
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0504
Telephone: (850)617-3101

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Kiara. According to my calculations the cost would be $76.34? Please send me an invoice so I can forward it our accounting folks, who will then forward the check to you. Thanks!

From: Guzzo, Kiara

The total cost is $37.18. My rate of pay is $18.59.

Kiara Guzzo
Public Records Coordinator
Office of General Counsel
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Neil Kirkman Bldg., Room A432
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0504
Telephone: (850)617-3101

From: Ben Hallman

Ok great! Would you mind sending me an invoice for that amount? The accounting folks like official documentation.

From: Guzzo, Kiara

Please see the attached invoice. Let me know if this is okay. I don’t have an official invoice that I provide.
Thanks,

Kiara Guzzo
Public Records Coordinator
Office of General Counsel
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Neil Kirkman Bldg., Room A432
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0504
Telephone: (850)617-3101

From: Ben Hallman

That works. Thanks! I forwarded it to our accounting folks. Because of the holiday, it might be early January before they put the check in the mail. Please let me know if you don't receive it.

From: Guzzo, Kiara

Good morning Mr. Freskos,

In response to your public records request, I have finished processing the review and redaction of the supporting documents for your request. I have attached them to this e-mail. Redactions were made pursuant to section 119.071(4)(d)2.a., F.S. Please let me know if you have any questions, or need additional information.

Sincerely,

Kiara Guzzo
Public Records Coordinator
Office of General Counsel
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Neil Kirkman Bldg., Room A432
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0504
Telephone: (850)617-3101

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