Firearm Project, Fort Worth, TX

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Fort Worth Police Department of Fort Worth, TX.
Tracking # W056500-103116
Status
Completed

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

I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case. Here is an example:

Case Number Firearm Serial Number Firearm Make Firearm Model Firearm Caliber Firearm type Other descriptive information
15-0001 1234 Glock G31 0.357 Handgun Black grip
15-0002 2345 Smith & Wesson M&P 15 SPORT 5.56mm Rifle Scope attachment
15-0003 3456 Glock G37 0.45 Handgun Tan grip

If a database is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. 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.” If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet.

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: Fort Worth Open Records Center

Dear Brian Freskos:
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 W056500-103116 for tracking purposes.

Records Requested: *see original request attached*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 stolenI would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case. Here is an example: Case Number Firearm Serial Number Firearm Make Firearm Model Firearm Caliber Firearm type Other descriptive information15-0001 1234 Glock G31 0.357 Handgun Black grip15-0002 2345 Smith & Wesson M&P 15 SPORT 5.56mm Rifle Scope attachment15-0003 3456 Glock G37 0.45 Handgun Tan gripIf a database is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. 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.” If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet. 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 gunsFinally, 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 firearmsThe 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 Freskos428 BroadwayNew York, NY 10013Thank 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) 522-6354Sincerely, Brian Freskos------Filed via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
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
Click here to track the status of your request. (http://fortworthtexas.gov/records/view/)

From: Sowers, Russell

Dear Mr. Brian Feskos,

I am working on your information request. We do not have the ability to run a detailed report that gathers all the data you have request. I have sent your request to our IT department to see if they can run an Ad Hoc report with the responsive information you have request. It may take up to several weeks for them the run this report if its possible. As soon I learn something I will inform you.

A portion of your requested records dealing with discipline has been sent to the city legal department for review. You will hear from them separately.

Thank you,

Corporal R. L. Sowers ID 3321
Open Records
505 W Felix St
Fort Worth TX 76115
Office 817-392-4271
Fax 817-392-4403

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Corporal Sowers.

From: Best, Wenona L.

Dear Mr. Freskos and MuckRock News:

Attached please find correspondence regarding your open records request referenced above.

Kind regards,

Wenona L. Best (Nona)
Assistant to Christopher Austria, Jo Ann Pate,
J. B. Strong and Open Records
Fort Worth City Attorney's Office
1000 Throckmorton Street, Third Floor
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 392-7605
(817) 392-8359 (fax)
wenona.best@fortworthtexas.gov<mailto:wenona.best@fortworthtexas.gov>
City of Fort Worth - Working together to build a strong community
[Fort Worth]

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This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by the attorney-client privilege. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the City of Fort Worth City Attorney's Office (817) 392-7600.

From: Fort Worth Open Records Center

Dear Mr. Freskos,
Please find attached the cost estimate letter associated with your public information request.   Please select the option you would like us to proceed with, sign and return it to us so that we may continue processing your request.

However, if you would like to narrow or have a discussion of narrowing of scope, it could reduce the charges associated with processing your request.
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.

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Annette.

For the charges, we are a nonprofit media outlet that will be making this information available to the general public. Many departments have provided this information at no charge. Would your department be willing to accept $150 for the documents?

If not willing, what are my options for narrowing the request so as to reduce the charges?

Thank you,
Brian

From: Best, Wenona L.

Dear Mr. Freskos and MuckRock News:

Attached please find additional correspondence regarding your open records request referenced above.

Kind regards,

Wenona L. Best (Nona)
Assistant to Christopher Austria, Jo Ann Pate,
J. B. Strong and Open Records
Fort Worth City Attorney's Office
1000 Throckmorton Street, Third Floor
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 392-7605
(817) 392-8359 (fax)
wenona.best@fortworthtexas.gov<mailto:wenona.best@fortworthtexas.gov>
City of Fort Worth - Working together to build a strong community
[Fort Worth]

RECIPIENTS - PLEASE CONTACT ME PRIOR TO FORWARDING MESSAGES DESIGNATED AS ATTORNEY-CLIENT COMMUNICATIONS.
This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by the attorney-client privilege. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the City of Fort Worth City Attorney's Office (817) 392-7600.

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you for this. Any answer on my request to reduce the charges?

From: Best, Wenona L.

Hi Annette!

Please see Mr. Freskos comment below regarding charges.
Thanks!

Wenona L. Best (Nona)
Office of the City Attorney
wenona.best@fortworthtexas.gov
(817) 392-7605
(817) 392-8359 fax

From: Sowers, Russell

Mr. Freskos,

I have been asked to contact you reference the cost estimate associated with your request. I want to make sure that you understand the cost is only for email extractions related to the internal affairs files you have request. As far as the files on lost and stolen gun, that is going forward. I heard from our IT department and they are trying to pull that information for you.

I hope this information helps understand were the cost are coming from. If you like you can respond to this email withdrawing the email request and that cost with go away. Or you can specify specific employees that you want us to check there emails related to the IA files.

Feel free to write or call to discuss this.

Thank you,

Corporal R. L. Sowers ID 3321
Open Records
505 W Felix St
Fort Worth TX 76115
Office 817-392-4271
Fax 817-392-4403

From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

Ok, thank you for explaining. I assume the emails are related to part 3 of the request, lost and stolen law enforcement guns? Are there other files you can provide that would show these weapons were lost or stolen? If so, we might forgo the emails.

From: Sowers, Russell

Hello,

The cost is an estimate. It may go much higher depending on the number of email boxes we have to pull and search. The costs are related to part three of your request were you request emails. If there is are related police reports that exist independently of the IA records I should be able to release those. I will have to verify that with our legal department.

From: Ben Hallman

Ok, would you mind verifying that with legal? If there are police reports, I may just ask that you send me those. If the police reports aren't detailed enough, we may come back and request the emails. But please hold off on the emails right now

From: Sowers, Russell

I will verify will legal. I will have the Records Information Management office withdraw the cost est.
I am still waiting on city IT to pull a report responsive to your request for part 1 and 2. As soon as I have something I will notify you.

Corporal Sowers

From: Ben Hallman

Ok thank you

From: Sowers, Russell

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11/23/2016

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

RE: Public Information Request W056500-103116

Dear Brian Freskos,

This letter responds to your request for information to the City of Fort Worth, dated and received in our office on 10/28/2016 8:00:00 AM.

Information Requested: Police Records - *see original request attached* 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 I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case. Here is an example: Case Number Firearm Serial Number Firearm Make Firearm Model Firearm Caliber Firearm type Other descriptive information 15-0001 1234 Glock G31 0.357 Handgun Black grip 15-0002 2345 Smith & Wesson M&P 15 SPORT 5.56mm Rifle Scope attachment 15-0003 3456 Glock G37 0.45 Handgun Tan grip If a database is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. 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." If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet. 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 ------ Filed via MuckRock.com E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

The City of Fort Worth has reviewed its files and has located the enclosed documents that are responsive to section 3 of your request. Although the Public Information Act allows a governmental body to charge for copying documents, the enclosed is being provided to you at no charge. Some documents were retained by the legal department and sent to the Texas Attorney General's office for review. You will hear from Fort Worth City legal separately on those documents.

If you have any questions, or wish to discuss this further, you may contact me at (817) 392-4271.

Sincerely,

Corporal R. L. Sowers ID 3321
Open Records
505 W Felix St
Fort Worth TX 76115
Office 817-392-4271
Fax 817-392-4403

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Cpl. Sowers

From: Seabourn, Justin

Good Evening,
I have attached the responsive reports for each year containing the data for firearms that were logged into our property room between 2010 and 2016.

Sergeant Justin Seabourn 3468
Legal Liaison Unit
Fort Worth Police Department
505 W Felix St
Office: 817 392 4272

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Sgt. Seabourn, thank you for providing this data. However, I do not see serial numbers for the guns. The serial number if the most piece of information we need. Can your agency provide these sheets with a column for serial numbers?

From: Seabourn, Justin

Good Morning,
I don’t have a way to produce the serial numbers without producing each individual report, which would come at significant cost to you. Would you like a cost estimate on producing each of these reports?

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Justin, yes please provide a cost estimate.

From: Seabourn, Justin

Good Morning,
I have submitted the information for the cost estimate to our Public Information coordinator. You should be receiving the cost estimate from her sometime in the next week.

From: Fort Worth Open Records Center

Dear Mr. Freskos,
Please find attached the revised cost estimate letter associated with your public information request.   Please select the option that you would like us to proceed with, sign and return it to us so that we may continue processing your request.

It appears that your modification received on December 20th has expanded your request.

However, if you would like to narrow or have a discussion of narrowing of scope, to reduce the charges associated with processing your request, please let myself or Sgt. Seabourn know and we will be happy to assist you.

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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