Equitable sharing agreement and certification letters for (Fort Worth Police Department)

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Fort Worth Police Department of Fort Worth, TX.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

Copies of the "Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification" forms submitted for the years 2009-2013 to the Department of Justice. The DOJ requires any law enforcement agency that participates in its equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture proceeds to submit these forms on an annual basis.

I request that all fees be waived first and foremost because I am a journalist -- employed by MuckRock and the Boston Globe -- and intend to use any pertinent information I receive as a result of this request to educate the public on the DOJ's equitable sharing program.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

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 July 29, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Public Information

Mr. Feathers,

I cannot locate the below request in our tracking system. Do you have a reference number for it? It would look something like W0#####-072914 if you have it. If you submitted your request directly through the City's online portal via the City's homepage, you should have received a system-generated acknowledgment providing you with the reference number.

Alternatively, how did you submit your request to the City if not through the portal as I show no record of receiving it? I searched our system by name, company, location, e-mail address and even checked line by line through every request we received on July 29th, and I do not see it.

If you'd like, I can enter your request for today and get the ball rolling. Just let me know.

Thanks,

JAYSON D. McCLENDON
RECORDS INVENTORY COORDINATOR
RECORDS & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
OFFICE TELEPHONE: (817) 392-6668
jayson.mcclendon@fortworthtexas.gov
City of Fort Worth — Working together to build a strong community.

From: Todd Feathers

Mr. McClendon,

Sorry for the confusion. I'd submitted the request to publicinformation@fortworthtexas.gov, which is the records contact we have for the police department. It looks like that's probably not the way to go about it, though.

I'd prefer not to use the portal, only because I use a tracking system that helps me handle the numerous records requests I submit. But if that's how you handle requests I understand and I'd be happy to submit through the portal.

Let me know what works best for you, and thanks for reaching out.

Best,
Todd Feathers
MuckRock News

From: Public Information

Mr. Feathers,

At this point, since we were unable to locate your request, all we can do is enter it in our portal and if you have the original request from July 29th which shows the date stamp and email address you sent the request to here at the City and we can show that you did indeed send it to us on that date, we will back date the request, however, I do not see that information in your email below.

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance,

Annette Henderson
Public Information Coordinator, City of Fort Worth
Records and Information Management Office
Phone: (817) 392-8184
Publicinformation@fortworthtexas.gov

City of Fort Worth – Working together to build a strong community.

From: Todd Feathers

Ms. Henderson,

I've copy and pasted the request below. The emails I send should automatically include all previous correspondences with the date.

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

Copies of the "Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification" forms submitted for the years 2009-2013 to the Department of Justice. The DOJ requires any law enforcement agency that participates in its equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture proceeds to submit these forms on an annual basis.

I request that all fees be waived first and foremost because I am a journalist -- employed by MuckRock and the Boston Globe -- and intend to use any pertinent information I receive as a result of this request to educate the public on the DOJ's equitable sharing program.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Fort Worth Open Records Center

Dear Todd Feathers: Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of Fort Worth, Texas. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was received in this office and given the log number W036266-081414 for tracking purposes.

Records Requested: *see original request attached*On July 29, 2014:To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:Copies of the "Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification" forms submitted for the years 2009-2013 to the Department of Justice. The DOJ requires any law enforcement agency that participates in its equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture proceeds to submit these forms on an annual basis.I request that all fees be waived first and foremost because I am a journalist -- employed by MuckRock and the Boston Globe -- and intend to use any pertinent information I receive as a result of this request to educate the public on the DOJ's equitable sharing program. I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.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 10 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Todd Feathers
Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question. PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.
You can monitor the progress of your request at the link below and you'll receive an email when your request has been completed. Again, thank you for using the Open Records Center. If you have questions about how your request was processed or if I can be of further assistance, please contact me at (817) 392-8184.
Annette Henderson
Public Information Coordinator
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https://mygovhelp.org/FORTWORTHTX//_cs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=36266 (https://mygovhelp.org/FORTWORTHTX//_cs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=36266)

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 July 29, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Seabourn, Justin

Good Morning,
Attached are the responsive documents to your Public Information Request #36266.

Justin Seabourn 3468
Legal Liaison Corporal
Internal Affairs Section
Fort Worth Police Department
817-392-4271

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From: Public Information

Mr. Feathers:

You should have received a response from Police this morning.

8/29/2014 7:21:48 AM Seabourn, Justin Completed/Closed
8/29/2014 7:21:48 AM Seabourn, Justin Status Full Release
8/29/2014 7:21:35 AM Seabourn, Justin Note Added docs emailed to requestor.

Thank you,

Annette Henderson
Public Information Coordinator, City of Fort Worth
Records and Information Management Office
Phone: (817) 392-8184
Publicinformation@fortworthtexas.gov

City of Fort Worth – Working together to build a strong community.

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