Equitable sharing agreement and certification letters for (Police Department)

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Houston Police Department of Houston, TX.
Tracking # 14-998
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

Copies of the "Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification" forms submitted for the years 2009-2013 to the Department of Justice. The DOJ requires any law enforcement agency that participates in its equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture proceeds to submit these forms on an annual basis.

I request that all fees be waived first and foremost because I am a journalist -- employed by MuckRock and the Boston Globe -- and intend to use any pertinent information I receive as a result of this request to educate the public on the DOJ's equitable sharing program.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Todd Feathers

From: ARA Open Records Request

We have received your request for information in accordance with the Texas Public Information Act.

Pursuant to Sec. 552.301 of the Act, a governmental body must respond to a written request for information within a reasonable time, but not later than the 10th business day after the date of receiving the request. By the tenth day, the governmental body must inform the requester of its decision to either release the responsive documentation or alternatively, withhold responsive documentation while seeking an opinion from the Attorney General's Office, to determine whether the information should be excepted from public disclosure. If the governmental body determines to release responsive documentation, a Cost Estimate will be supplied to the requestor, as required by Sec. 552.2615 of the Texas Government Code.

From: ARA - PirPending

Dear Mr. Feathers,

Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department is not the custodian of your request. Please submit your request to the City Police Department (HPD) for assistance. The contact information for HPD is listed below:

POLICE

Public Affairs Division

1200 Travis, 21st Floor

Houston, TX 77002

713-308-3200

(FAX) 713.308.3260

hpd.openrecords@houstonpolice.org<mailto:hpd.openrecords@houstonpolice.org>

For more information go to the Police Dept. Public Information webpage

If we may be of further assistance, please advise.

Best regards,

Tam Nguyen

Administrative Specialist

Administration & Regulatory Affairs Department

Records Management Office

611 Walker, 5th floor, Houston, TX 77002

PH: (832) 393-8538

Fax: (832) 393-8539

Email: Tam.Nguyen@houstontx.gov

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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

Copies of the "Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification" forms submitted for the years 2009-2013 to the Department of Justice. The DOJ requires any law enforcement agency that participates in its equitable sharing program for asset forfeiture proceeds to submit these forms on an annual basis.

I request that all fees be waived because I am a journalist -- employed by MuckRock and the Boston Globe -- and intend to use any pertinent information I receive as a result of this request to educate the public on the DOJ's equitable sharing program.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Todd Feathers

From: Houston Police Department, Public Affairs

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Houston Police Department, Public Affairs

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

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