Gun policies & incidents (Hernando County, FL)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Hernando County Sheriff's Department of Hernando County, FL .
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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I hereby request the following records:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

All data, statistics, or reports regarding incidents involving firearms, including but not limited to:
> firearm-related homicides
> firearm-related assaults

Any and all policies, procedures, directives, memorandums, and any other guiding materials regarding matters pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• policies and procedures on the issuance of firearms permits and licenses. (Please note that this point is not a request for the identities of individual permit or license holders, but, rather, is a request for governmental policies and parameters regarding the process and regulations by which one may obtain either a permit or a license. If separate strictures exist for each, provision of both would be greatly appreciated.)
• policies and procedures on the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• any and all available policies and procedures regarding local firearms policies. Please provide all such materials that alter or supplement departmental procedures.
• policies and procedures regarding the sale and purchase of firearms. Please include all materials regarding the appropriate qualifications for the sale or purchase of firearms. Please include materials for particular venues, if available, including but not limited to the sale and purchase of firearms at gun shows.
• policies and procedures regarding the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.
Please include all available segregable data.

All data, statistics, or reports regarding matters pertaining to gun acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• the issuance of firearms permits and licenses.
• the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• the sale and purchase of firearms.
• the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Erickson, Lana

Ms. Nason,
Reference your attached request received 02/17/2017, please be advised that this request is in reference to creating statistics, which is not a public record document.
According to F.S.S. 119, public records are records in various forms that we currently hold, and have been created during the course of normal business.
If you would like copies of certain reports, please state which reports you would like copies of, and the date range your request encompasses.
Please be advised that all reports requested will be subject to redaction charges based on public records laws in the state of Florida.

I will be happy to provide you with policies and procedures internally for firearms, but this will only apply to our employees; as we do not handle public firearm license issuing at this agency.

Please refine your request and resubmit to me via email, so I can make sure to assist you in the best way possible.

Regards,

Lana Erickson
Records Manager
Hernando County Sheriff's Office
lerickson@hernandosheriff.org<mailto:lerickson@hernandosheriff.org>
352-797-3633

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please note: Florida has a very broad Public Records Law. Most written communications to or from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office are public records available to anyone upon request. Your e-mail, including your e-mail address, may therefore, be subject to public disclosure.

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

Do you happen to keep track of how many firearms-related homicides, assaults, and other incidents there have been in a given year, as well as how many firearms are registered? That is the data I am looking for.

Thanks,
Vanessa

From: Erickson, Lana

Hi Vanessa,
Please advise a timeframe on the violent crime (gun usage) information you need.
I will be able to provide you information from our UCR stats.

Reference to registered firearms, we do not have any records pertaining to them.

Lana Erickson
Records Manager
Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
352-797-3633

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

From: Erickson, Lana

Vanessa,
I believe this is the information below that you are requesting, I pulled from 2014 through 2016.
As far as public firearms licensing, we have no records pursuant to this.

Crime

Year

# Offenses

Guns Used

Homicide

2014

5

2

Aggravated Assault

2014

303

69

Homicide

2015

2

0

Aggravated Assault

2015

367

119

Homicide

2016

4

2

Aggravated Assault

2016

286

70

If you need anything else, please let me know.

Regards,

Lana Erickson
Records Manager
Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
lerickson@hernandosheriff.org<mailto:lerickson@hernandosheriff.org>
352-797-3633

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

Thank you for this information. According to your 2015 UCR, the number of aggravated assaults with a firearm was 128. (http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/cms/FSAC/UCR/2015/Counties/Hernando15.aspx)

I'm wondering what accounts for this discrepancy? How did you find those numbers, and what numbers are compiled for the year-end UCR? Also, what encompasses "homicide?" On the UCR it only includes "murder."

Thanks,
Vanessa

From: Erickson, Lana

My apologies.
The form I pulled was a few days before we actually submitted UCR.
We do several test runs before we actually submit the data to ensure there are no errors in our submission.

I did not check the website first, so there were probably adjustments made before submission.
What is on the UCR site is correct.

I am attaching the UCR manual that explains how we review the crimes to determine UCR coding.
If you need anything else let me know.

Have a good weekend.

Lana Erickson
Records Manager
Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
lerickson@hernandosheriff.org<mailto:lerickson@hernandosheriff.org>
352-797-3633

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

Makes sense. Thank you so much!

Sincerely,
Vanessa Nason

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

quick question - am I correct in my understanding that your sheriff's department isn't the only law enforcement agency in Hernando County to submit data to FDLE for UCRs? Meaning that your department and other law enforcement agencies all collect data, and that is totaled by FDLE, which may account for this discrepancy in data?

Thanks,
Vanessa

From: Erickson, Lana

I know that the Brooksville Police Department also reports, but no other agencies reach out to me for any data for reporting.

Lana Erickson
Records Manager
Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
352-797-3633

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

From: Vanessa Nason

Thank you!

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