Firearm Project, Greenville, SC

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Greenville Police Department of Greenville, SC.
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From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am a journalist requesting access to and copies of data and others records from your agency as part of a national reporting project on the use of stolen firearms in crimes. 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

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

If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. If such a spreadsheet is not available, please provide any other records that contain this information.

2) Detailed information about seized and/or recovered guns, any guns in evidence, and/or any gun of which the department has taken custody

Third, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, found at crimes scenes or other incidents, seized during investigations, placed into evidence or otherwise under the custody and control of the department, 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, found at crime scenes, seized during investigations or otherwise recovered or taken in by your agency: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime and/or incident from which it was recovered or seized; the police report number for the crime and/or incident; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed and/or the incident occurred. Please include firearms for all offense and incident types, including homicide, robbery, assault, traffic stops, etc.

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. If a spreadsheet or database is not available, please release any other records containing the information we seek.

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 owned by the department or under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise unaccounted for. Therefore we request the following:

-- Any and all records of department-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise unaccounted 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 firearm
• The location and address where the firearm was lost or stolen
• The date of the loss or theft.
• The date the loss or theft was reported
• Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered
• If the lost, stolen or missing firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery
• A description of how the firearm was lost, stolen or went missing
• 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, stolen or missing firearms

The records should include but not be limited to audits, inventory reports, databases, internal 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 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.

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: Johnathan Bragg

Attached are three documents containing information that you requested. The documents are the only reports that we have on firearms. If you have any questions just give me a call or email.

Thanks,

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Master Patrolman Johnathan Bragg
Public Information Officer | Greenville Police Department
jbragg@greenvillesc.gov<mailto:jbragg@greenvillesc.gov> | police.greenvillesc.gov<http://www.greenvillesc.gov/>
Phone: 864-467-5022 | Mobile: 864-363-2734

From: Johnathan Bragg

I sent the information requested yesterday. Did you not receive it?
Sent from my iPhone

From: Johnathan Bragg

I saved them in the community outreach folder

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Master Patrolman Johnathan Bragg
Public Information Officer | Greenville Police Department
jbragg@greenvillesc.gov<mailto:jbragg@greenvillesc.gov> | police.greenvillesc.gov<http://www.greenvillesc.gov/>
Phone: 864-467-5022 | Mobile: 864-363-2734

From: Johnathan Bragg

Disregard the last email

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Master Patrolman Johnathan Bragg
Public Information Officer | Greenville Police Department
jbragg@greenvillesc.gov<mailto:jbragg@greenvillesc.gov> | police.greenvillesc.gov<http://www.greenvillesc.gov/>
Phone: 864-467-5022 | Mobile: 864-363-2734

From: Brian Freskos

Hello -
The response was never received in this office, can you please re-send? Thank you.

From: Johnathan Bragg

Here you go

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Master Patrolman Johnathan Bragg
Public Information Officer | Greenville Police Department
jbragg@greenvillesc.gov<mailto:jbragg@greenvillesc.gov> | police.greenvillesc.gov<http://www.greenvillesc.gov/>
Phone: 864-467-5022 | Mobile: 864-363-2734

From: Brian Freskos

Hi Johnathan,

Thank you so much for sending this information, and please pass along my thanks who may have also assisted. One thing that's missing is information about the firearm in each case. We're trying to obtain the make, model and serial number for these guns, so that we can explore the nexus between stolen guns and crime. Can your agency provide this?

From: Johnathan Bragg

Unfortunately we do not have the capabilities of running a report that would provide that specific information.

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Master Patrolman Johnathan Bragg
Public Information Officer | Greenville Police Department
jbragg@greenvillesc.gov<mailto:jbragg@greenvillesc.gov> | police.greenvillesc.gov<http://www.greenvillesc.gov/>
Phone: 864-467-5022 | Mobile: 864-363-2734

From: Brian Freskos

Ok hmmm would the serial numbers be listed in the police reports?

From: Johnathan Bragg

It depends on the individual report. I would say 7 times out of 10 we do not get the serial number because the person reporting a stolen firearm does not have it.

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Master Patrolman Johnathan Bragg
Public Information Officer | Greenville Police Department
jbragg@greenvillesc.gov<mailto:jbragg@greenvillesc.gov> | police.greenvillesc.gov<http://www.greenvillesc.gov/>
Phone: 864-467-5022 | Mobile: 864-363-2734

From: Brian Freskos

Yeah we've seen the same in other jurisdictions. Sometimes it appears as little as one in 10 the serial number is reported. I'm not saying we necessarily want to do this, and I definitely don't want to be a burden to you or your staff, but how much would it cost and how much time would it take to get copies of that many reports?

From: Johnathan Bragg

I would say to pull all those reports and provide them it would take two weeks from when I started and would cost around $203 give or take.

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Master Patrolman Johnathan Bragg
Public Information Officer | Greenville Police Department
jbragg@greenvillesc.gov<mailto:jbragg@greenvillesc.gov> | police.greenvillesc.gov<http://www.greenvillesc.gov/>
Phone: 864-467-5022 | Mobile: 864-363-2734

From: Brian Freskos

OK I'm going to talk to my bosses and get back to you. Thanks!

From: Johnathan Bragg

One of our analyst was able to provide this sheet.

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Master Patrolman Johnathan Bragg
Public Information Officer | Greenville Police Department
jbragg@greenvillesc.gov<mailto:jbragg@greenvillesc.gov> | police.greenvillesc.gov<http://www.greenvillesc.gov/>
Phone: 864-467-5022 | Mobile: 864-363-2734

From: Brian Freskos

This is exactly what we needed. Thank you so much! And please pass along my thanks to your analyst!

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