|Submitted||Oct. 31, 2016|
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Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am requesting access to and copies of records from your agency as part of our continuing coverage of gun trafficking. I have broken the request into three parts, each of which details the records that we are seeking. As expressed below, the date range for each part of this request is January 1, 2010 to the present:
1) Detailed information on stolen guns
It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen by the citizens they serve. We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction:
-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The serial number, make, model, caliber, type and any other descriptive information for each firearm that was reported stolen
We would appreciate if this data was provided in a spreadsheet. If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide any record layout and/or code sheets.
The date range for this part is January 1, 2010 to the present.
2) Detailed information about crime guns
Second, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, recovered at crimes scenes or seized during investigations in their jurisdictions, including the make, model and serial number of each gun. We are therefore requesting the following:
-- The following records regarding firearms used in crimes in your agency’s jurisdiction, recovered at crime scenes or seized during investigations: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime; the police report number for the crime; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed.
If your agency maintains a spreadsheet or database containing these records, we ask that you please provide that database. I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case, the same as part 1) “Detailed information about stolen guns.”
I would like to note that we are not at this time seeking copies of police reports or any other investigative records associated with these crimes; we are only seeking information about the firearms used and some general information about the crimes that is generally released to the public.
The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.
3) Detailed information on lost, stolen or unaccounted for law enforcement guns
Finally, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that, while under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise accounted for. Therefore we request the following:
-- Any and all records of department-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise accounted for.
-- If your department does not issue firearms, then we ask for any and all records of firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or otherwise became unaccounted for while under the control and/or in the possession of one of your employees.
The records should include but not be limited to the following:
• The make, model, serial number and caliber of each lost or stolen firearm
• The location and address where the firearm was stolen
• The date of the loss or theft.
• The date the lost or theft was reported
• Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered
• If the lost or stolen firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery
• A description of how the firearm was lost or stolen
• Whether negligence on the part of the employee is/was suspected in the loss or theft of the firearm
• Whether the employee in control of the firearm retired, was terminated or otherwise left the department, and if so, the date and circumstances of the employee’s departure and whether his or her gun was retrieved and/or recovered.
• Any other individual reports and findings on the individual lost or stolen firearms
The records should include but not be limited to databases, reports, memos, internal affairs investigations, emails or other correspondence, and/or any other records.
The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.
Please label each record in a clear manner. As a news organization, we will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public and are not requesting it for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you informed me of the total charges before completing my request. We request that if you send an invoice, you make it out to The Trace.
I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. If standard mail must be used, we ask that you send the request to the following address:
The Trace (at WeWork)
Attn: Brian Freskos
New York, NY 10013
Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 31, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Your request was received and assigned FOIR #16-2527. We are awaiting a
response from the records unit, due to staffing, they are back logged on
responses to the FOIA office. As soon as we receive a response from them,
we will email you our response.
Re: FOIR #16-2527
Dear Mr. Freskos:
Thank you for writing the Illinois State Police with your request for
information pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS
140/1 et seq.
On November 1, 2016, we received your request for the following:
Information on lost, stolen or unaccounted for law enforcement guns.
The Illinois State Police Freedom of Information Officer, Nancy G. Easum,
is granting your request in part and denying your request in part. The
redacted documents are attached. The reasons for the redactions are as
5 ILCS 140/7(1)(a) ? Disclosure of some of the information you have
requested is prohibited by federal or State law or rules and regulations
implementing such laws.
o Illinois Administrative Rules, Title 20, Chapter II, Part 1240 ?
Criminal History Record Information found within the Law Enforcement Data
System (LEADS) cannot be provided to you and dissemination to LEADS
information to non-law enforcement entities is precluded by LEADS
Administrative Rules, Title 20, Chapter II, Part 1240. Therefore, if such
records exist, the Illinois State Police would exert exemption found in 5
ILCS 140/7(1)(a), Information Prohibited from Disclosure by Federal or
5 ILCS 140/7(1)(b) ? The report, if provided, contains redactions based on
the Freedom of Information Act?s exemption regarding ?Private Information?
as defined in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act as, ??[u]nique
identifiers, including a person's social security number, driver's license
number, employee identification number, biometric identifiers, personal
financial information, passwords or other access codes, medical records,
home or personal telephone numbers, and personal email addresses. Private
information also includes home address and personal license plates, except
as otherwise provided by law or when compiled without possibility of
attribution to any person.? All relevant private information has been
5 ILCS 140/7(1)(c) ? Documents containing personal information which would
clearly constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, including,
but not limited to: dates of birth, home addresses, telephone numbers and
medical information have been redacted and/or have been withheld.
You have the right to have the denial of your request reviewed by the
Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Attorney General (5
ILCS 140/9.5(a)). You can file your Request for Review with the PAC by
Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 South 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62706
Fax: (217) 782-1396
If you choose to file a Request for Review with the PAC, you must do so
within 60 calendar days of the date of this denial letter (5 ILCS
140/9.5(a)). Please note that you must include a copy of your original
FOIA request and this denial letter when filing a Request for Review with
You also have the right to seek judicial review of your denial by filing a
lawsuit in the State circuit court (5 ILCS 140/11).
Nancy G. Easum
Freedom of Information Officer
801 S. Seventh St., Suite 1000-S
Springfield, Illinois 62703
Thank you so much for this. And please pass along my thanks to whomever also assisted.
We responded to this request (FOIR #16-2527) on 11/17/16.
No follow up, I was just saying thank you
Oh, your welcome :)