Police Liability payout record request from Sun Sentinel (Town Clerk)

Mario Ariza filed this request with the Town Clerk of Juno Beach, FL.
Multi Request Police Liability payout record request from Sun Sentinel
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From: Mario Ariza


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

I hope this message finds you well. This is a public records request from a member of a media organization, pursuant to Florida Statute 119. In furtherance of an article investigating police misconduct payouts across the county over the past decades, we are seeking documents that show how much your municipal corporation, its legal representatives, or its liability insurance carriers have paid out in civil court since 01/01/2010 because of the actions of its police professionals.

To that end, we kindly request the electronic delivery of an excel spreadsheet with the following information:
- An identifying number for the claim
- The loss date
- An incident indicator description (such as “excessive force, k-9 bite, false arrest/imprisonment, etc.)
- Incurred expenses
- Incurred liability
- Incurred legal expenses
- Paid legal expenses
- Paid total
- Incurred total

This records pull should be interpreted to cover both federal and state court claims. If some of the above figures are not available because of your accounting practices, please endeavor to provide us with as full a picture as possible of the $$$ paid out by your municipality due to lawsuits against its police officers over the past ten years.

Upon request, we can provide a spreadsheet obtained from the BSO that can serve as an example and guide for what we are looking for. Please do feel free to reach out via email or phone should you have any questions.

Very Best
Mario Alejandro Ariza
Federal Courts Reporter
South Florida Sun Sentinel
786.210.6548

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 10 business days.

Sincerely,

Mario Ariza

From: Town Clerk

Good Morning Mr. Ariza:

The Town is in receipt of your public records request. The Town requires a
$35 deposit to start a public records request. This is just a rough
estimate and once your request is complete the deposit will of course come
off the total amount. Please forward a check made payable to the Town of
Juno Beach to 340 Ocean Drive, Juno Beach, FL 33408. Once payment has been
received, we will start the request.

If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

*Caitlin E. Copeland, CMC*

*Town Clerk*

*Town of Juno Beach*

340 Ocean Drive

Juno Beach, FL 33408

ccopeland@juno-beach.fl.us

Phone: (561)656-0316

*Please note*: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written
communications to or from local officials regarding town business are
public records available to the public and media upon request. Your e-mail
communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure.

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