|Multi Request||Search Warrant Data|
|Submitted||Nov. 1, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Hawaii Uniform Information Practices Act, I hereby request the following records:
For all search warrants, applications for search warrants, cancellations, and authorization for search warrants between 2012 to the date of processing this request, please provide the following points of record for each:
Full Name of requester
If arrest, arrest ID (eg some cities/states use, "Incident Report")
Reason(s) for search warrant (typically either hand-written, or checkboxes)
Badge ID (or similar) of requester
Name of Judge
Name of approving officer
Whether an Arrest happened
Requested location of search warrant
Location of search warrant execution
Type of search warrant
Statements used to justify search warrant
Time and date when search warrant was submitted for approval
Time and date when search warrant was executed
Whether anything was seized
Whether anything was found
License plate of vehicle (if relevant)
Race of person for search warrant
Age of person for search warrant
State of person for search warrant
Whether an informant was involved
Method of contact with informant leading to search warrant (eg, phone call, mail, fax, email, etc)
Description of person search warrant executed on
Legal code of violation
Description of violation
Date of violation
If search warrant related to debt: name of company debt is owed to, amount owed
Whether FBI involved
ID associated with FBI document (eg, IR #)
Whether search warrant was cancelled
Whether contraband found
Whether narcotics found
The records responsive to this request are likely available in a database, or in some query-able format. If your department or agency does not have direct access to the records, please raise to the respective department that can run queries directly (eg, through SQL).
Should your agency not have all of the requested records within a single record or document, please provide me the relevant documents that do, even if that requires more than one class of document. Should some of the records be unavailable, please let me know ahead of time so that we can narrow the request accordingly.
As the records responsive to this request are imperative for understanding how search warrants are executed, I ask that the public interest of these records be evaluated to the extent that the public's interest outweighs this request's burden. To add, this request is being sent to the largest city of every state and will be collated together to create a comprehensive map of search warrants throughout the US. As such, the records are not only important for understanding search warrants at a local level, but also at a national and state-wide level.
Please ensure that provided documents comply with Section 508, as these records will be shared with members of the public who are covered under the ADA. This guide should be helpful: https://www.hhs.gov/web/section-508/making-files-accessible/checklist/pdf/index.html
If this request was sent to the wrong department or agency, please let me know so that I can send to the correct place.
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.
Lucy Parsons Labs
Your request was received by the Honolulu Police Department last week. This is a very broad request, and we are wondering if you would consider narrowing your request from the 32 points of record for all search warrants, cancellations, and authorization for search warrants between 2012 and present. If reducing the time frame and/or points of record is amenable to you, please submit a modified request.
Media Liaison Office
Honolulu Police Department
As of right now, I am not willing to explicitly narrow the request as I do not have the level of access that your agency does to even know which of these records exist, and it is effectively impossible for me to know. That said, this request seeks as much information as possible in order to correlate with datasets provided by other states throughout the US.
An alternative method, in all seriousness, would be for me to submit 32 requests for each point of record and wait for the rejection for whether each point of record exist within your agency. I really don't want to do that, but considering how important these records are for the public's understanding of how search warrants are executed throughout the US, I am more than happy to do so.
I'm somewhat willing to reduce the time frame of the request, but I would prefer to exhaust all possibilities before doing so. Let's please work together on this to find a happy middle ground.
The Honolulu Police Department does not maintain a database or file for search warrants. After a search warrant is obtained, it is added to the individual case report.
The department's records system does not have the capability to identify which cases have search warrants. To obtain the information you are asking for, each case report dating back to 2012 would have to first be opened to see if there is an attached search warrant. Please let us know how you would like to proceed.