swat- florida highway patrol

Jonathan Mummolo filed this request with the Florida Highway Patrol of Florida.
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From: Jonathan Mummolo

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I hereby request the following records:

1. All incident reports or other records documenting each time your agency's S.W.A.T. team (sometimes called a police paramilitary unit) was deployed.

2. In the event such records are not kept, I request a list of the dates of deployment of the agency's S.W.A.T. team during this period.

3. In the event these records/dates are not available for the entire time period covering this request, I request you supply the above information for the period covering the present back to as long as such records/information are available.

This request is being made for academic, not commercial, purposes.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Mummolo
Stanford University
Dept. of Political Science

From: FHP

Thank you for your email. We appreciate the opportunity to assist you.
The Florida Highway Patrol is currently receiving a high volume of e-mails; however, we will make every effort to respond to your inquiry within five business days.
To assist you as quickly as possible, please review the following options:

* If you are reporting an emergency, please dial 911.

* If you are in need of roadway assistance or to report an impaired driver, please dial *FHP from your cellular phone.

* If you have a question regarding highway construction or traffic congestion, you may dial 511 for updated information or visit www.fl511.com<http://www.fl511.com>/.

* If you recently received a traffic citation in Florida and want to know if you are eligible to attend driver improvement school in lieu of points on your driving record, visit www.flhsmv.gov/dlcheck<http://www.flhsmv.gov/dlcheck>.

Thank you for contacting the Florida Highway Patrol.

Customer Service Center

Correspondence/Email Unit

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

www.flhsmv.gov<http://www.flhsmv.gov>

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From: Jonathan Mummolo

Thank you for your reply. Please note that this public records request refers to the time period 1995 to present. If records during part of that time period are not available, I request that you fulfill my request for all available dates in that time period. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Mummolo

From: FHP

Thank you for your email. We appreciate the opportunity to assist you.
The Florida Highway Patrol is currently receiving a high volume of e-mails; however, we will make every effort to respond to your inquiry within five business days.
To assist you as quickly as possible, please review the following options:

* If you are reporting an emergency, please dial 911.

* If you are in need of roadway assistance or to report an impaired driver, please dial *FHP from your cellular phone.

* If you have a question regarding highway construction or traffic congestion, you may dial 511 for updated information or visit www.fl511.com<http://www.fl511.com>/.

* If you recently received a traffic citation in Florida and want to know if you are eligible to attend driver improvement school in lieu of points on your driving record, visit www.flhsmv.gov/dlcheck<http://www.flhsmv.gov/dlcheck>.

Thank you for contacting the Florida Highway Patrol.

Customer Service Center

Correspondence/Email Unit

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

www.flhsmv.gov<http://www.flhsmv.gov>

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From: Jonathan Mummolo

To Whom It May Concern:

This is an addendum to the public records request I submitted on 6/16/2015, copied below. Please note that this public records request refers to the time period 1995 to present. If records during part of that time period are not available, I request that you fulfill my request for all available dates in that time period. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Mummolo
Stanford University
Dept. of Political Science

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Original Request:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I hereby request the following records:

1. All incident reports or other records documenting each time your agency's S.W.A.T. team (sometimes called a police paramilitary unit) was deployed.

2. In the event such records are not kept, I request a list of the dates of deployment of the agency's S.W.A.T. team during this period.

3. In the event these records/dates are not available for the entire time period covering this request, I request you supply the above information for the period covering the present back to as long as such records/information are available.

This request is being made for academic, not commercial, purposes.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Mummolo
Stanford University
Dept. of Political Science

From: FHP

Thank you for your email. We appreciate the opportunity to assist you.
The Florida Highway Patrol is currently receiving a high volume of e-mails; however, we will make every effort to respond to your inquiry within five business days.
To assist you as quickly as possible, please review the following options:

* If you are reporting an emergency, please dial 911.

* If you are in need of roadway assistance or to report an impaired driver, please dial *FHP from your cellular phone.

* If you have a question regarding highway construction or traffic congestion, you may dial 511 for updated information or visit www.fl511.com<http://www.fl511.com>/.

* If you recently received a traffic citation in Florida and want to know if you are eligible to attend driver improvement school in lieu of points on your driving record, visit www.flhsmv.gov/dlcheck<http://www.flhsmv.gov/dlcheck>.

Thank you for contacting the Florida Highway Patrol.

Customer Service Center

Correspondence/Email Unit

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

www.flhsmv.gov<http://www.flhsmv.gov>

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From: Martina, Ryan

Mr. Mummolo,

Thank you for your email dated June 16, 2015 to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) requesting public records. FHP does not have a “SWAT” Team but does, however, have a “Special Response Team” or “SRT.” According to the SRT Commander, there have been no “deployments” of the SRT Team since its inception approximately 4 years ago.

If DHSMV can be of any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Respectfully,

Lieutenant Ryan M. Martina
Assistant Chief of Public Affairs
Florida Highway Patrol

**Florida’s Emergency Contact Information (ECI) System allows you to securely register your contact information. The ECI system will provide first responders with your contact information in the event of an emergency. For more information and register, visit https://services.flhsmv.gov/eci/.**

From: Jonathan Mummolo

Lietenant Martina,

Thank you very much for the prompt reply. This is helpful. I wonder if you could provide me with information regarding the SRT team so I can better understand its function. How large is the unit? Is it equipped with non-standard issue military gear such as assault rifles and vehicles? What sorts of incidents is it designated to respond to?

I am trying to assess whether it is qualitatively similar or different than a S.W.A.T. team in other locations.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Mummolo
Stanford University
Dept. of Political Science

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 June 16, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Martina, Ryan

Mr. Mummolo,

Upon receipt of your request, I forwarded it to the applicable section within the Department. I will let you know when I receive a response regarding the information you are requesting.

Respectfully,

Lieutenant Ryan M. Martina
Assistant Chief of Public Affairs
Florida Highway Patrol

**Florida’s Emergency Contact Information (ECI) System allows you to securely register your contact information. The ECI system will provide first responders with your contact information in the event of an emergency. For more information and register, visit https://services.flhsmv.gov/eci/.**

From: Clark, Jennifer

Mr. Mummolo,

In response to your further questions below: Pursuant to section 119.071(2)(d), Florida Statutes, any information revealing surveillance techniques or procedures or personnel is exempt from section 119.07(1). Therefore, the information you are requesting is exempt pursuant to Florida Statutes.

If you have any questions or need anything else please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanks,

Jennifer Clark, Certified Paralegal
Public Records Coordinator
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Office of the General Counsel
Room A432, MS 2
Phone: (850) 617-3101
Fax: (850) 617-5112

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