Amazon/Ring Records from Hammond

Louise Matsakis filed this request with the Hammond Police Department of Hammond, IN.
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From: Louise Matsakis


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any emails, written communications, documents, or other communications between officials from the Hammond Police Department and representatives of the corporations "Amazon" and/or "Ring."

We seek Hammond Police Department records of any kind, including electronic records, audiotapes, videotapes, and photographs, as well as letters, emails, facsimiles, telephone messages, voice mail messages and transcripts, notes, and minutes of any meetings. The search should be limited to responsive records created between January 1, 2018 and the day the request is fulfilled.

Our request includes any attachments to these records. No category of material should be omitted from search, collection, and production. You may not exclude searches of files or emails in the personal custody of your officials, such as personal email accounts.

In the event some portions of the requested records are properly exempt from disclosure, please disclose any reasonably segregable non-exempt portions of the requested records. If it is your position that a document contains non-exempt segments, but that those non-exempt segments are so dispersed throughout the document as to make segregation impossible, please state what portion of the document is non-exempt, and how the material is dispersed throughout the document. If a request is denied in whole, please state specifically that it is not reasonable to segregate portions of the record for release.

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,

Louise Matsakis

From: Hammond Police Department

Hello, I need some specifics on exactly what you are looking for before I can even attempt to fill such a request as what you are asking could take a considerable amount of effort. Are you looking for negotiations between the City and Ring? Are you looking for videos shared from residents about criminal activity? Thank you.

[steve (3)]

From: Louise Matsakis

Dear Steve Kellogg,

Thanks so much for your help in fulfilling this request. I am seeking communications between the Hammond Police Department and representatives from Ring and/or Amazon. I am not seeking videos shared from residents about criminal activity, and I am sorry for the confusion.

These communications should come from email addresses that end in either @amazon.com or @ring.com. Below, I have included a list of the specific Hammond officials' email accounts I wish to be searched. Please let me know if you need any other further information from me. As stated above, the specific dates I am seeking communications from are January 1, 2018 and the day the request is fulfilled.

John D Doughty, Hammond Chief of Police
Jeff Long, Captain of the Uniform Division
Kelvin Alcox, Captain of Community Policing
Ezequiel Hinojosa, Captain of the Detective Bureau

Sincerely,

Louise Matsakis

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Dear Ms. Matsakis:

I was forwarded your below APRA request form the Hammond Police Department. I am the corporation counsel for the Hammond Police Department and Ms. Levinson, cc'd herein, works on police legal matters for the city. I know that Lt. Kellogg did contact you within the required period under the statute. I am writing to you with an update. Becaue the city does not have a central collection point for email we are attempting to track down electronic correpsondence that would be responsvie to your request. We continue to review your request and will provide you with any resopnsive docuemnts within a reasonable time period. Once that process is complete we will inform you of the ability to come to the police deparmtent and inspect the records (copies are 10 cents each) or we can attempt to make other arrangemnts. As you are aware, the department is not required under the Act to search generalized categories of information or general sources for information that may be responsive to a general request. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. We look forward to responding to your request in a reasonable time period.

Kevin.

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Dear Ms. Matsakis,

Attached please find a link that contains the Hammond Police Department's response to your July 1, 2019 FOIA request; namely, all communications between Chief Doughty, Captain Long, Captain Alcox, Captain Hinojosa and representatives for "Amazon" and/or "Ring". I have, per your request, omitted the emails solely pertaining to crime alerts and criminal activity.

I apologize for the delay. As indicated previously, there is no central location for these items and it took a while to gather the same.

Very truly yours,

Shana D. Levinson

Attorney for the Hammond Police Department

219-769-1164

On July 9, 2019:
Subject: RE: Indiana Access to Public Records Act Request: Amazon/Ring Records from Hammond
Dear Steve Kellogg,

Thanks so much for your help in fulfilling this request. I am seeking communications between the Hammond Police Department and representatives from Ring and/or Amazon. I am not seeking videos shared from residents about criminal activity, and I am sorry for the confusion.

These communications should come from email addresses that end in either @amazon.com or @ring.com. Below, I have included a list of the specific Hammond officials' email accounts I wish to be searched. Please let me know if you need any other further information from me. As stated above, the specific dates I am seeking communications from are January 1, 2018 and the day the request is fulfilled.

John D Doughty, Hammond Chief of Police
Jeff Long, Captain of the Uniform Division
Kelvin Alcox, Captain of Community Policing
Ezequiel Hinojosa, Captain of the Detective Bureau

Sincerely,

Louise Matsakis

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On July 2, 2019:
Subject: RE: [SPAM] Indiana Access to Public Records Act Request: Amazon/Ring Records from Hammond
Hello, I need some specifics on exactly what you are looking for before I can even attempt to fill such a request as what you are asking could take a considerable amount of effort. Are you looking for negotiations between the City and Ring? Are you looking for videos shared from residents about criminal activity? Thank you.

[steve (3)]

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On July 1, 2019:
Subject: Indiana Access to Public Records Act Request: Amazon/Ring Records from Hammond

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any emails, written communications, documents, or other communications between officials from the Hammond Police Department and representatives of the corporations "Amazon" and/or "Ring."

We seek Hammond Police Department records of any kind, including electronic records, audiotapes, videotapes, and photographs, as well as letters, emails, facsimiles, telephone messages, voice mail messages and transcripts, notes, and minutes of any meetings. The search should be limited to responsive records created between January 1, 2018 and the day the request is fulfilled.

Our request includes any attachments to these records. No category of material should be omitted from search, collection, and production. You may not exclude searches of files or emails in the personal custody of your officials, such as personal email accounts.

In the event some portions of the requested records are properly exempt from disclosure, please disclose any reasonably segregable non-exempt portions of the requested records. If it is your position that a document contains non-exempt segments, but that those non-exempt segments are so dispersed throughout the document as to make segregation impossible, please state what portion of the document is non-exempt, and how the material is dispersed throughout the document. If a request is denied in whole, please state specifically that it is not reasonable to segregate portions of the record for release.

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.

Shana D. Levinson
Levinson & Levinson
Attorneys at Law
384 W 80th Pl.
Merrillville, IN 46410
219-769-1164
219-769-0337 (fax)

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From: Louise Matsakis

Hi Shana,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Louise Matsakis

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