Fort Walton Beach, FL, Stolen Firearms

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Fort Walton Beach Police Department of Fort Walton Beach, FL.
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From: Brian Freskos

Dear Records Officer,

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I am requesting the following data or documents from the Fort Walton Beach Police Department:

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen in their jurisdictions. This information is often held internally in a property or crime analysis database, which can be queried for specific property.

We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present:

-- The serial number, make, model, caliber and type of each firearm that was reported stolen
-- The address of the reported theft
-- The name of the reporting party
-- The offense type
-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The date the theft was reported
-- Any other columns available

I would appreciate if your agency provided this information in a spreadsheet with a .csv, .xlsx, or .xls file extension.

If providing a .xslx or .xls file, please make sure all columns, but especially the serial number column, are downloaded and formatted as “Text.” When a column is not formatted as text, Microsoft Excel automatically deletes leading zeros, and a serial number that is actually 012345 will appear as 12345.We require the leading zeros for our analysis.

If a spreadsheet or list cannot be provided, please provide copies of the police reports, incident reports, or offense reports for each case of reported firearm theft during that timeframe.

I am a reporter with The Trace, a 501c3 nonprofit news organization. We will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public and are not requesting it for commercial purposes. But I am making this request using MuckRock’s public records management service.

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 records to the following address:

The Trace
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway, 4th Floor
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
Investigations, The Trace

From: Kim Barnes

Mr. Freskos,

We are in receipt of your public records request dated June 28, 2017. I believe this may be a duplicate request because you have already paid for, and we responded to, the same request dated April 3, 2017 (see below).

Please advise.

Thank you,

Kim M. Barnes, CMC
City Clerk
City of Fort Walton Beach
107 Miracle Strip Parkway SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
850-833-9509 phone
850-833-9640 fax

From: Brian Freskos

Hi Kim,

I just sent you some questions I had about the previous reports you sent me. The previous request for guns that had been recovered and/or logged into property into evidence. This request is for all guns that have been reported stolen. Maybe we should discuss on the phone?

From: Laraine Van Etten

Hi Brian--

Attached is an invoice for your Public Records Request 16-17-440 (below and attached). If you choose to proceed with this request, payment in the amount of $1,438.20 can be made via credit card by calling me at 850-833-9510. I will connect you with Customer Service and they can take the payment over the phone. Or, a check can be mailed to the following and once received, the research will begin:
City of Fort Walton Beach
107 Miracle Strip Parkway SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Attn: Kim Barnes, City Clerk

If you wish to modify your request, please send an e-mail with any modifications. Thanks,

Laraine Van Etten
Administrative Coordinator
Fort Walton Beach/City Clerks Office
850-833-9510 lvanetten@fwb.org
Mon-Thurs 7 am to 5 pm
Friday 7 am to 11 am

From: Brian Freskos

I would like to put this request on hold for now. Thank you for compiling the invoice.

From: Kim Barnes

Mr. Freskos,

1. The City Clerk’s office responded to your request on July 12, 2017 with an invoice in the amount of $1,438.20. Your direction on July 14, 2017 was to “put this request on hold for now.” (See highlighted email below.)

2. Please update your contact information for requesting information from the Fort Walton Beach Police Department. The notice below, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, Notice of the City of Fort Walton Beach Custodian of Public Records, contains the contact information, and provides public records request services to all departments within the City of Fort Walton Beach including the Police Department.

3. Please remove the following direct emails from your contact list:

Remove:

tfranxman@fwb.org<mailto:tfranxman@fwb.org>

lvanetten@fwb.org<mailto:lvanetten@fwb.org>

kbarnes@fwb.org<mailto:kbarnes@fwb.org>

Add and use for all requests:

clerk@fwb.org<mailto:clerk@fwb.org>

Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, Notice of the City of Fort Walton Beach Custodian of Public Records

The Custodian of Public Records for the City of Fort Walton Beach is the City Clerk. The City Clerk’s office is the location where the City’s public records are routinely created, sent, received, maintained and requested. The location and contact information is:

City Clerk

City of Fort Walton Beach City Hall

107 Miracle Strip Parkway SW

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

850-833-9510

http://fwb.org/city-clerk/public-records/
clerk@fwb.org<mailto:clerk@fwb.org>

Please update your records accordingly so that my staff and I may adequately process future requests.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you,

Kim M. Barnes, CMC
City Clerk
City of Fort Walton Beach
107 Miracle Strip Parkway SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
850-833-9509 phone
850-833-9640 fax

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