FBI/DOJ FOIA consult (Honolulu Police Department)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Honolulu Police Department of Honolulu, HI.
Multi Request FBI/DOJ FOIA consult
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Hawaii Uniform Information Practices Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any emails, letters, memos or other records of consultations regarding public records requests (FOI/FOIL/FOIA etc.) with either the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Agency components.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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.


Emma Best

From: Honolulu Police Department

Hi Emma,

This is a very broad request. HPD has approximately 2,500 employees, and it would take an estimated 5 minutes to search through each employee's records for the documents you are requesting.

Here's the breakdown of the estimated search fee:

2,500 employees x 5 minutes
12,500 minutes = 208 hours
208 hours x $10 per hour = $2,080

Public Waiver - $60
Estimated Search Fee $2,020

Please note that this does not include an additional fee to redact the retrieved documents. The redaction fee is $20 per hour. Please let us know if you'd like to move forward with this request.

Sarah Yoro
(808) 723-3866
Media Liaison Office
Honolulu Police Department


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