|Submitted||May 9, 2017|
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Dear Records Officer,
Pursuant to the state public records law, I am a journalist requesting that your law enforcement agency provide the following records. I have broken the request into two parts for your reference:
Part 1) Stolen Guns
It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen in their jurisdictions. This information is often held in an internal crime analysis and research database that can be queried for specific property.
We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present:
-- The serial number, make, model and caliber of each firearm that was reported stolen
-- The address of the reported theft
-- The name of the reporting party
-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The date the theft was reported
I would appreciate if your agency provided this information in a spreadsheet or list. If a spreadsheet or list cannot be provided, please provide copies of the police reports, incident reports, or offense reports for each case of reported firearm theft during that timeframe.
Part 2) Property and Evidence Guns
It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were seized, confiscated, recovered, found, turned in, or otherwise came under the custody and control of the department. These guns are processed and booked into Property and Evidence and details about each are entered into a database.
We are therefore requesting a spreadsheet of every such firearm entered from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present. If a spreadsheet is not available, please provide a printout of the data or any other format of records. The data should include at least the following:
-- The serial number, make and model of each firearm
-- The date on which the firearm was entered
-- The police report number and/or incident number associated with each firearm
-- The type of crime or incident involving each gun (e.g., homicide, robbery, assault, etc.)
3) 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 from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present.
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.
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.
If a spreadsheet is available for either part of this request, we respectfully ask the department to provide the record layout and/or code sheet so that we can ascertain the meaning of column labels, acronyms and abbreviations, and distinguish between firearms reported stolen and those that were seized, confiscated, recovered, found, turned in, booked into property and evidence, or otherwise came under the custody and control of the department. If a spreadsheet is not available, please provide any and all other records that will yield the information we are seeking.
I am a member of the news media, a reporter with The Trace, a 501c3 nonprofit news organization headquartered in New York City. I am making this request through MuckRock’s public records request management service.
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Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response.
Please see attached correspondence pertaining to your request for information regarding guns and the Irving Police Department.
Les Moore I Police Legal Advisor
City of Irving/Irving Police Department
305 N. O'Connor Rd., Irving, TX 75061
P: (972)721-2543 C: (469)261-9711
The request has been rejected by the agency.