Masked LEOs (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department of Indianapolis, IN.

It is a clone of this request.

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Multi Request Masked LEOs


From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. Policies, including implementation, termination and expiration notices, mentioning or discussing mask mandates or requirements for employees.

2. Reports regarding alleged violations of or non-compliance with mask mandates or requirements.

3. Records documenting any disciplinary actions taken regarding Item #2.

4. Emails, letters, memos and other written or memorialized discussions with unions or employee representatives regarding actual or proposed mask mandates or requirements (such as those requested in Item #1).

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma North-Best

From: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

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Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of Indianapolis and Marion County.
This message acknowledges your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with the Indiana Access to Public Records Act, Indiana Code chapter 5-14-3-1, et. seq ("APRA"). Your request was received in this office on 9/15 and given the reference number /2021 P017463-091521 for tracking purposes.
You requested various records relating to mask mandates
Your request will be forwarded to the relevant city or county agency for review and a determination of whether there are public records responsive to your request and, if so, whether those public records are disclosable to you. The city or county agency will contact you concerning your request and inform you whether there are public records responsive to your request, if all or part of those public records are not disclosable to you, and the statutory basis for any denial. Information pertaining to any copying fees that may be related to obtaining copies will be provided. Please Note:  With respect to public records requests that include e-mail communications, we want to make you aware that these requests generally take longer than requests for other types of information.  First, the City/County receives a large number of requests for email communications, not just public records requests but also related to legal proceedings.  We rely upon our information technology agency to perform these searches and that agency runs these searches (based  upon reasonably particular search terms as set forth by the State Public Access Counselor) in the order in which the requests are received.  Once the email search is completed, there must also be a review of the content of the email communications to ensure that they are not only responsive to your request but also disclosable.  Finally, disclosable email communications will be produced after this review and if we do not disclose all or part of these email communications, we will provide the statutory bases for such denials as required under the APRA.
The APRA requires public agencies to produce responsive and disclosable public records, should they exist, within a reasonable time based upon the circumstances.   Please allow the agency time to review and process your request.  Depending on the nature of the request, this may be several days.
If you have not received any response and at least 10 days have passed since submission, feel free to contact the Public Access Counselor to check the status.  Additionally, if you have general questions about the Indiana Access to Public Records Act, please contact the Public Access Counselor at any time.
You may reach the Public Access Counselor at 317.327.4055 or (
Thank you,
City of Indianapolis and Marion County

From: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

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Good afternoon, The attached documents are in regards to request #1. For request #2 and #3 there was nothing found in regards to violations or non-compliance with mask mandates involving our officers. Request #4 does not meet the reasonable particular requirement stating "The Access to Public Records Act (“APRA”) states a request needs to be “reasonably particular.” (See Ind. Code § 5-14-3-3(a).) When submitting requests, please provide as much information as possible. A CAD, case, or police report number, date, names of the involved party and or parties and the address or location of the incident are helpful. I am unable to fulfill the attached request at this time due to lack of information." Thank you! Hannah Brandenstein Paralegal, IMPD Legal Unit Office of the Chief

From: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

B20-145_Covid-19_and_Flu_Precautions_Reminder.pdf (
B20-095__Neck_Gaiters.pdf (
B20-140_Update_-_COVID-19_Precautions_For_Law_Enforcement.pdf (
B20-101__Covid-19_Testing_Update_and_Masks_Requirements.pdf (
B20-129__Naloxone_Use_During_Covid-19_Pandemic.pdf (
B20-071_Facial_Coverings_at_Courts_and_the_CCB.pdf (
B20-020__COVID-19_(Coronavirus)_Update.pdf (
B20-017__Coronavirus_Preparedness.pdf (
B20-024_N100_Respirator_Procedures.pdf (

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Please see the attached documents here.
Thank you!