Firearm Project, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Brian Freskos filed this request with the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Tracking # 16-391
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

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: Kim Rhodes

This office is in receipt of your public records request. Please be advised that our office will coordinate a response and has assigned the request reference number PRR 16-391 which should be used in all future correspondence regarding this request. This request is being sent to the appropriate department staff to be processed. Fulfilling public records requests may result in applicable fees that may be charged to the requestor. I will provide you with an invoice when the request is complete. Please be that our analyst estimates that to pull the data you requested will take 2 hours. The cost will be $78.00 for the time spent for the analyst. This will be a list of gun related calls and some specifics about those calls. Most of the information you are requesting will require you to make a request for the police report from the list that you will receive. Our department does not issue our Officers their duty weapons. Please let me know if you would like to proceed with the request and I will have the analyst begin.

Thank you
Kim Rhodes
Public Record Coordinator/Office of the Chief
1300 West Broward Blvd
Fort Lauderdale Police Department
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
954-828-5924

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

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi Kim,

Yes please ask your analyst to compile the report. Please send me an invoice for $78 made out to The Trace with instructions on where and how to send the check so you know it's from us and related to this request.

As for the department-issued firearms, our request notes that if the department doesn't issue firearms, please provide any relevant records for firearms under the possession or control of your officers. What we meant by that is the firearms your officers carry, whether they were issued by the department or not, please provide any records related to these firearms becoming lost, stolen or otherwise unaccounted for.

From: Kim Rhodes

Please be advised that our department does not have a specific breakdown for loss of weapons.

The invoice for you public records request is attached. Your tracking number is PRR 16-391.
You have two options on how to receive your request

(Option 1)
You can come to pick it up at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department Records Unit. Please give the clerk the tracking number. You will pay your balance to the records clerk. The hours and location are noted below.

(Option 2)
If you send a check made out to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, I will email your request if possible.
Please be sure and put ATTN: Kim Rhodes on the cover of the envelope. Once I receive payment, the email will be sent.

Please let me know which option you choose so your request can be prepared. If you come to pick up your request without letting my office know your request may not be prepared for pick up

The records department is located on the first floor and is open:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Closed Sunday and Wednesday.

Kim Rhodes
Public Record Coordinator/Office of the Chief
Fort Lauderdale Police Department
1300 West Broward Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
954-828-5924

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Kim,

Please email the request. I'll forward the invoice to our accounting folks and the check should be in the mail in about a week. Thank you so much.

From: Kim Rhodes

Good morning
Your payment was received and your request is attached, if you need any of the specific reports listed please contact our main records unit at 954-828-5465

Thank you

Kim Rhodes
Public Record Coordinator/Office of the Chief
Fort Lauderdale Police Department
1300 West Broward Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
954-828-5924

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you so much Kim!

From: Brian Freskos

Hi Kim,

We are in the formatting phase of this project now and had a question about the data you provided on Nov. 11. There are some guns that are marked "Recovered." Does this mean that the gun was previously reported stolen?

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