Firearm Project, Indian River County, FL

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Indian River County Sheriff's Department of Indian River County, FL.
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From: Brian Freskos

Hi,

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I am requesting data and other records from your agency as part of a national reporting project on the use of stolen firearms in crimes.

From the Florida Department of Law Enforcement we obtained serial number, make, model and other information on firearms reported stolen by members of the public to your agency. We are requesting that your agency provide similar information for firearms that your agency has confiscated, seized, found, booked into evidence, or otherwise taken custody of so that we may explore the relationship between stolen guns and crime. We are also requesting that your agency provide records related to firearms that were reported lost or stolen from law enforcement officers in your jurisdiction.

I have broken the request into parts, each of which details the records 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 about seized and/or recovered guns, any guns in evidence, and/or any gun of which the department has taken custody

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, found at crimes scenes or other incidents, seized during investigations, booked property or evidence, or otherwise under the custody and control of the department, including the make, model and serial number of each gun.

We are therefore requesting the following records regarding firearms used in crimes, found at crime scenes or other incidents, booked into property or evidence, seized or confiscated during investigations or otherwise recovered or taken in by your agency:

-- The serial number, make and model of each gun
-- The date on which the department recovered, seized or took custody of each gun
-- The police report number for the crime and/or incident involving each gun
-- The type of crime or incident in which each gun was involved (e.g., homicide, robbery, assault, etc.)

Please include firearms for all offense and incident types, including homicide, robbery, assault, traffic stops, etc.

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. If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet. If a spreadsheet or database is not available, please release any other records containing the information we seek.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

2) Detailed information on lost, stolen or unaccounted for law enforcement guns

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that, while owned by the department or under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise unaccounted for.

We therefore requesting any and all records of department firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise unaccounted 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 or another law enforcement officer. For example, if a thief broke into an officer’s car or house and stole his or her firearm, we would like the report for that theft and any accompanying information. If an audit concluded that firearms were missing from inventory, we could like a copy of that audit. If an officer left a firearm somewhere or lost one somehow, we would like the report for that loss.

The information should include but not be limited to the following:

-- The serial number, make, model and caliber of each firearm

-- The location and address where the firearm was lost or stolen

-- The date of the loss or theft.

-- The date the loss or theft was reported

-- Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered

-- If the lost, stolen or missing firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery

-- A description of how the firearm was lost, stolen or went missing

-- 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, stolen or missing firearms

The records should include but not be limited to audits, inventory reports, databases, internal 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. I am a reporter with The Trace, a 501c3 nonprofit 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 records to the following address:

The Trace
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway, 4th Floor
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

Sincerely,

Brian Freskos
Investigations, The Trace

From: PublicRecordsRequest PublicRecordsRequest

Attached please find documentation pursuant to your request.

Thank you

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From: Brian Freskos

Hi,

Thank you so much for providing the data responsive to this request. I just a quick question: Does the case number, property code, and date apply to all the firearms listed below it?

For example, in the 2010-2011 tab, row 4 lists as the following case number: 2010-00081714. I presume this case number applies to the Smith & Wesson US bearing serial number 5998658. But does it also apply to the 14 other guns listed below it?

From: PublicRecordsRequest PublicRecordsRequest

The documentation provided is responsive to the information requested.

Thank you

IMPORTANT WARNING: This message is intended for the use of the person
or entity to whom it is addressed and it may contain information that is
privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is governed by
applicable law. If the reader of this e-mail is not the intended
recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the
intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination,
distribution or copying of this information is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If
you have received this e-mail by error, please notify us immediately and
destroy the related message. Also, under Florida law, e-mails and
written communications received or sent by the Indian River County
Sheriff's Office are public records, including names, addresses and
e-mail addresses. They are generally subject to view by anyone
requesting disclosure and will be released in response to a public
records request.
>>> <requests@muckrock.com> 4:46 PM 8/9/2017 >>>

August 9, 2017
Indian River County Sheriff's Department
Indian River County Sheriff's Department
4055 41st Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32960
This is a follow up to a previous request:
Hi,
Thank you so much for providing the data responsive to this request. I
just a quick question: Does the case number, property code, and date
apply to all the firearms listed below it?
For example, in the 2010-2011 tab, row 4 lists as the following case
number: 2010-00081714. I presume this case number applies to the Smith &
Wesson US bearing serial number 5998658. But does it also apply to the
14 other guns listed below it?
---
On April 20, 2017:
Attached please find documentation pursuant to your request.
Thank you
IMPORTANT WARNING: This message is intended for the use of the person
or entity to whom it is addressed and it may contain information that is
privileged and confidential, the disclosure of which is governed by
applicable law. If the reader of this e-mail is not the intended
recipient, or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the
intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination,
distribution or copying of this information is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If
you have received this e-mail by error, please notify us immediately and
destroy the related message. Also, under Florida law, e-mails and
written communications received or sent by the Indian River County
Sheriff's Office are public records, including names, addresses and
e-mail addresses. They are generally subject to view by anyone
requesting disclosure and will be released in response to a public
records request.
---
On April 3, 2017:
Hi,
Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I am requesting data and other
records from your agency as part of a national reporting project on the
use of stolen firearms in crimes.
From the Florida Department of Law Enforcement we obtained serial
number, make, model and other information on firearms reported stolen by
members of the public to your agency. We are requesting that your agency
provide similar information for firearms that your agency has
confiscated, seized, found, booked into evidence, or otherwise taken
custody of so that we may explore the relationship between stolen guns
and crime. We are also requesting that your agency provide records
related to firearms that were reported lost or stolen from law
enforcement officers in your jurisdiction.
I have broken the request into parts, each of which details the records
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 about seized and/or recovered guns, any guns in
evidence, and/or any gun of which the department has taken custody
It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed
records about firearms that were used in crimes, found at crimes scenes
or other incidents, seized during investigations, booked property or
evidence, or otherwise under the custody and control of the department,
including the make, model and serial number of each gun.
We are therefore requesting the following records regarding firearms
used in crimes, found at crime scenes or other incidents, booked into
property or evidence, seized or confiscated during investigations or
otherwise recovered or taken in by your agency:
-- The serial number, make and model of each gun
-- The date on which the department recovered, seized or took custody
of each gun
-- The police report number for the crime and/or incident involving
each gun
-- The type of crime or incident in which each gun was involved (e.g.,
homicide, robbery, assault, etc.)
Please include firearms for all offense and incident types, including
homicide, robbery, assault, traffic stops, etc.
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. If a spreadsheet
is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet. If a
spreadsheet or database is not available, please release any other
records containing the information we seek.
The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.
2) Detailed information on lost, stolen or unaccounted for law
enforcement guns
It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed
records about firearms that, while owned by the department or under the
control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were
lost or stolen, or are otherwise unaccounted for.
We therefore requesting any and all records of department firearms that
were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise unaccounted 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 or another law enforcement officer. For
example, if a thief broke into an officer’s car or house and stole his
or her firearm, we would like the report for that theft and any
accompanying information. If an audit concluded that firearms were
missing from inventory, we could like a copy of that audit. If an
officer left a firearm somewhere or lost one somehow, we would like the
report for that loss.
The information should include but not be limited to the following:
-- The serial number, make, model and caliber of each firearm
-- The location and address where the firearm was lost or stolen
-- The date of the loss or theft.
-- The date the loss or theft was reported
-- Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered
-- If the lost, stolen or missing firearm was recovered, the date and
location of the recovery
-- A description of how the firearm was lost, stolen or went missing
-- 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,
stolen or missing firearms
The records should include but not be limited to audits, inventory
reports, databases, internal 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. I am a reporter with The
Trace, a 501c3 nonprofit 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 records to the following address:

The Trace
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway, 4th Floor
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
Sincerely,
Brian Freskos
Investigations, The Trace
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