Personnel records - M Corrado

Good Citizen filed this request with the Township of Hamilton (Atlantic County, NJ) of Hamilton, NJ .
Tracking #

20-1109

Est. Completion None
Status
No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Good Citizen

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) All personnel records of an individual appearing to be an officer named "M Corrado." Please include historical salaries, complaints, disciplinary records, and performance reviews as a minimum.

2) All records relating to an incident at William Davies Middle school that occurred at approximately 5:30PM-6:30PM on 10/14/2020
a) All photos, videos, and other documents taken by "M Corrado" during this incident on any phone in his possession including but not limited to a work phone, personal phone, coworkers phone, and any other phone used during this time.
b) All incident reports, dispatch requests, information requests, etc relating to this incident

3) Any Hamilton Township Police Departments records that act as guidance, training, standards, etc to employees when interacting with citizens.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Good Citizen

From: Hamilton Township North Police Department

Please be advised that the Hamilton Township Clerk’s Office now uses a website portal by which all
OPRA requests are now submitted. Please click here<https://townshipofhamiltonnj.nextrequest.com/> and it will redirect you to the website portal.

Thank you.

From:

Township of Hamilton

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Hi there

Your first Township of Hamilton record request (request number #20-1109) has been submitted.
It is currently unpublished and is not available for the general public to view.

As the requester, you can always see the status of your
request by signing into the Township of Hamilton Public Records
portal here.

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Once your account is activated, your request will be visible at the following link:
Request #20-1109.

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From:

Township of Hamilton

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #20-1109:

Good morning,

Pursuant to the request submitted to the Municipal Clerk's office, please be advised you have contacted the incorrect municipality. The referenced school, William Davies Middle School, is located at 1876 Dr Dennis Forman Drive, Mays Landing, NJ 08330 which is a part of Atlantic County. You have contacted the Township of Hamilton, Mercer County. Please be advised, you must contact Hamilton Township, Atlantic County. This request has been disregarded.

Kind regards,

Erin 

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From:

Township of Hamilton

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Hi there

Record request #20-1109 has been closed. The closure reason supplied was:

 

Pursuant to the request submitted to the Municipal Clerk's office, please be advised you have contacted the incorrect municipality. The referenced school, William Davies Middle School, is located at 1876 Dr Dennis Forman Drive, Mays Landing, NJ 08330 which is a part of Atlantic County. You have contacted the Township of Hamilton, Mercer County. Please be advised, you must contact Hamilton Township, Atlantic County. This request has been disregarded.

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From: Hamilton Township North Police Department

Good morning,
Pursuant to the request submitted to the Municipal Clerk's office, please be advised you have contacted the incorrect municipality. The referenced school, William Davies Middle School, is located at 1876 Dr Dennis Forman Drive, Mays Landing, NJ 08330 which is a part of Atlantic County. You have contacted the Township of Hamilton, Mercer County; please be advised, you must contact Hamilton Township, Atlantic County. This request has been disregarded.
Best,
Erin

Erin Embley
Municipal Clerk's Office
2090 Greenwood Avenue
Rm. 210
Hamilton NJ 08609
(P) 609.890.3635
(F) 609.631.8287
[twpsealsmall]

It is suggested that any and all Requests for Public Record are to be submitted through the Hamilton Township online portal at http://www.hamiltonnj.com/content/228309/228373/229245/default.aspx.

From: Good Citizen

Hi Erin,

Thanks for getting back with me.

Are you able to tell me whether or not "M Corrado" is employed by Hamilton Township Police Department? The William Davies Middle School website shows a badge displaying "Hamilton Township School District."

I appreciate your assistance.

From: Hamilton Township North Police Department

Please be advised that the Hamilton Township Municipal Clerk’s Office now uses a website portal by which all requests for documents must be submitted. Please click here<https://townshipofhamiltonnj.nextrequest.com/> and you will be redirected to the portal.

Best regards,
Erin

Erin Embley
Municipal Clerk’s Office
2090 Greenwood Avenue
Rm. 210
Hamilton NJ 08609
(P) 609.890.3635
(F) 609.631.8287
[twpsealsmall]

ANY OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT REQUESTOR WHO CHOOSES TO SEEK PUBLIC DOCUMENTS WITHOUT USING OFFICIAL OPRA FORMS PROMULGTED BY A PUBLIC ENTITY, MUST SPECIFY IN THE WRITTEN REQUEST (AND SUBJECT LINE) THAT THE PUBLIC DOCUMENTS ARE BEING SOUGHT UNDER “OPRA” IN CONFORMANCE WITH THE GRC HANDBOOK (PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER DATED JUNE 5, 2019 [DOCKET NO. MER-L-303-19])

From: Hamilton Township North Police Department

This is the incorrect municipality, Hamilton Township, Mercer County does not have any access to information in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County. Listed below is link to the Municipal Clerk’s office of Hamilton Township, Atlantic County. To retrieve any information in regards to your request you must contact that office.

http://www.townshipofhamilton.com/offices/clerk.aspx

My apologies for the inconvenience; best wishes for enjoyable day.
Kind regards,
Erin

Erin Embley
Municipal Clerk’s Office
2090 Greenwood Avenue
Rm. 210
Hamilton NJ 08609
(P) 609.890.3635
(F) 609.631.8287
[twpsealsmall]

It is suggested that any and all Requests for Public Record are to be submitted through the Hamilton Township online portal at http://www.hamiltonnj.com/content/228309/228373/229245/default.aspx.

From: Good Citizen

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) All personnel records of an individual appearing to be an officer named "M Corrado." Please include historical salaries, complaints, disciplinary records, and performance reviews as a minimum.

2) All records relating to an incident at William Davies Middle school that occurred at approximately 5:30PM-6:30PM on 10/14/2020
a) All photos, videos, and other documents taken by "M Corrado" during this incident on any phone in his possession including but not limited to a work phone, personal phone, coworkers phone, and any other phone used during this time.
b) All incident reports, dispatch requests, information requests, etc relating to this incident

3) Any Hamilton Township Police Departments records that act as guidance, training, standards, etc to employees when interacting with citizens.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Good Citizen

From: Township of Hamilton (Atlantic County, NJ)

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From: Good Citizen

The request has been submitted for over 7 business days. I am willing to accommodate reasonable delays if positive communication is maintained in good faith.

From: Township of Hamilton (Atlantic County, NJ)

Good Citizen,

The Township of Hamilton received your Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request on October 21, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic your request may have been delayed. We appreciate your cooperation. Your request is being provided via. Email.

REQUESTED:

1) All personnel records of an individual appearing to be an officer named "M Corrado." Please include historical salaries, complaints, disciplinary records, and performance reviews as a minimum.

2) All records relating to an incident at William Davies Middle school that occurred at approximately 5:30PM-6:30PM on 10/14/2020

a) All photos, videos, and other documents taken by "M Corrado" during this incident on any phone in his possession including but not limited to a work phone, personal phone, coworkers phone, and any other phone used during this time.

b) All incident reports, dispatch requests, information requests, etc relating to this incident

3) Any Hamilton Township Police Departments records that act as guidance, training, standards, etc to employees when interacting with citizens.

RESPONSE:

1. Records do not exist.

2. a. Records do not exist

b. Records do not exist.

3. Your request is broad and unclear, we require clarification to this request.
“This request seeks information or asks questions and does not identify specific government records. As such, your request is an invalid
OPRA request and is denied. When a request is “complex” because it fails to specifically identify the documents sought, then that request is not “encompassed” by OPRA. See New Jersey Builders Association v. New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing, 390 N.J.Super. 166, 180 (App. Div. 2007). A proper request under OPRA must identify with reasonable clarity those documents that are desired, and a party cannot satisfy this requirement by simply requesting all of an agency’s documents. See Bent v. Stafford Police Department, 381 N.J.Super. 30, 37 (App. Div. 2005). Custodians are not required to conduct research or create new records in response to an OPRA request.

If your request for access to a government record has been denied or unfilled within the seven (7) business days required by law, you have a right to challenge the decision by the Township of Hamilton Police Department to deny access. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint with the Government Records Council (“GRC”) by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form. You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at P.O. Box 819, Trenton, NJ, 08625, by e-mail at grc@dca.state.nj.us<mailto:grc@dca.state.nj.us>, or at their web site at www.state.nj.us/grc<http://www.state.nj.us/grc>. The Council can also answer other questions about the law. All questions regarding complaints filed in Superior Court should be directed to the Court Clerk in your County.

Respectfully,

Sgt. J. Guerrier
Communications Supervisor
Township of Hamilton Police Department
Office: (609) 625-2700 ext 519
Fax: (609) 625-5903

1. All government records are subject to public access under the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”), unless specifically exempt.

2. A request for access to a government record under OPRA must be in writing, hand-delivered, mailed, transmitted electronically, or otherwise conveyed to the appropriate custodian. N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5.g. The seven (7) business day response time does not commence until the records custodian receives the request form. If you submit the request form to any other officer or employee of the Township of Hamilton, that officer or employee must either forward the request to the appropriate custodian, or direct you to the appropriate custodian. N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5.h.

3. Requestors may submit requests anonymously. If you elect not to provide a name, address, or telephone number, or other means of contact, the custodian is not required to respond until you reappear before the custodian seeking a response to the original request.

4. The fees for duplication of a government record in printed form are listed on the front of this form. We will notify you of any special service charges or other additional charges authorized by State law or regulation before processing your request. Payment shall be made by cash, check or money order payable to the Township of Hamilton.

5. You may be charged a 50% or other deposit when a request for copies exceeds $25. The Township of Hamilton custodian will contact you and advise you of any deposit requirements. You agree to pay the balance due upon delivery of the records. Anonymous requests in excess of $5.00 require a deposit of 100% of estimated fees.

6. Under OPRA, a custodian must deny access to a person who has been convicted of an indictable offense in New Jersey, any other state, or the United States, and who is seeking government records containing personal information pertaining to the person’s victim or the victim’s family. This includes anonymous requests for said information.

7. By law, the Township of Hamilton must notify you that it grants or denies a request for access to government records within seven (7) business days after the agency custodian of records receives the request. If the record requested is not currently available or is in storage, the custodian will advise you within seven (7) business days after receipt of the request when the record can be made available and the estimated cost for reproduction.

8. You may be denied access to a government record if your request would substantially disrupt agency operations and the custodian is unable to reach a reasonable solution with you.

9. If the Township of Hamilton is unable to comply with your request for access to a government record, the custodian will indicate the reasons for denial on the request form or other written correspondence and send you a signed and dated copy.

10. Except as otherwise provided by law or by agreement with the requester, if the agency custodian of records fails to respond to you within seven (7) business days of receiving a request, the failure to respond is a deemed denial of your request.

11. If your request for access to a government record has been denied or unfilled within the seven (7) business days required by law, you have a right to challenge the decision by the Township of Hamilton to deny access. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint with the Government Records Council (“GRC”) by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form. You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at PO Box 819, Trenton, NJ, 08625, by e-mail at grc@dca.state.nj.us, <mailto:grc@dca.state.nj.us> or at their web site at www.state.nj.us/grc. <http://www.state.nj.us/grc> The Council can also answer other questions about the law. All questions regarding complaints filed in Superior Court should be directed to the Court Clerk in your County.
12. Information provided on this form may be subject to disclosure under the Open Public Records Act.

From: Good Citizen

Mr. Guerrier, does your department employee anyone with the name "M Corrado?" Or anyone with the word "Corrado" anywhere in their name? Does your department provide staffing to William Davies middle school?

This individual appeared to be wearing your Departments uniform. He was visually observed berating a citizen and taking photos of them on 10/14/20 between 5:30PM-6:30PM. I believe this incident is a matter of public interest that should be reviewed more carefully before this is moved to the Government Records Counsel.

From: Township of Hamilton (Atlantic County, NJ)

To whom it may concern,

There is no one by the name M. Corrado, in any form, employed by the Twp. Of Hamilton Police Department. The Twp. Of Hamilton School District employs their own School Officers.
Regards,
Sgt. Guerrier

From: Good Citizen

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I will follow up with the Twp. of Hamilton School District and consider this request closed.

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