Police Weapons (Framingham Police Department)

David Brown filed this request with the Framingham Police Department of Framingham, MA.


From: David Brown

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

• Any lists, databases, and inventory rosters containing weapons used by officers (i.e., firearms, tasers, batons, etc.).

If no such records exist than I request the alternative records:
• All records pertaining to the weapons that may be carried by officers as determined by the chief of police, or the board, or officer having control of the police under the authority granted in M.G.L. ch.41, §98
• All records pertaining to the most recent audit of firearms owned by the department

There is an active public debate on the utility of firearms to provide safety and protection. This debate involves elected officials such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh who is on record stating there is no need for Boston police officers to have long guns. A list of weapons that are currently owned, duly authorized, and safely stored by the state police is of great interest to the public in providing greater context for this public discourse.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. 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.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.


David Brown

From: Framingham Police Department

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Framingham Police Department

Mr Brown-Muckrock


As Framingham Police Public Information Officer, Im hoping that I have found a suitable email link to reach you. I sent you a letter (snail mail) on sept 14, 2016 after unsuccessfully trying to reach you through other means. With respect to your request for Public information, I wanted to bring your attention to a link that exists on our depts. website (www.framinghampd.org) that lists our policies including non-lethal and lethal weapons currently being used by our officers The link is http://www.framinghamma.gov/2042/Policies-and-Procedures Please let me know if the information contained, satisfies your Public Records Request and for future requests, my email address is a suitable destination as well as the fax number in our records dept 508 872 3506 more suitable for providing Public records requests than is the number which you used previously is located in another part of the police dept.



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Framingham Police


Lieutenant - Administrative Bureau Commander

Stephen A. Cronin

1 William H. Welch Way

Framingham, MA 01702

Phone: (508) 532-5898 | Fax: (508) 872-3506

sac@framinghamma.gov | www.framinghampd.org

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