Search Warrant Data (Kansas City Police Department)

Lucy Parsons Labs filed this request with the Kansas City Police Department of Kansas City, MO.
Multi Request Search Warrant Data
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From: Lucy Parsons Labs

To Whom It May Concern:

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

For all search warrants, applications for search warrants, cancellations, and authorization for search warrants between 2012 to the date of processing this request, please provide the following points of record for each:

Full Name of requester
If arrest, arrest ID (eg some cities/states use, "Incident Report")
Reason(s) for search warrant (typically either hand-written, or checkboxes)
Badge ID (or similar) of requester
Name of Judge
Name of approving officer
Whether an Arrest happened
Requested location of search warrant
Location of search warrant execution
Type of search warrant
Statements used to justify search warrant
Time and date when search warrant was submitted for approval
Time and date when search warrant was executed
Whether anything was seized
Whether anything was found
License plate of vehicle (if relevant)
Race of person for search warrant
Age of person for search warrant
State of person for search warrant
Whether an informant was involved
Method of contact with informant leading to search warrant (eg, phone call, mail, fax, email, etc)
Description of person search warrant executed on
Legal code of violation
Description of violation
Date of violation
If search warrant related to debt: name of company debt is owed to, amount owed
Whether FBI involved
ID associated with FBI document (eg, IR #)
Whether search warrant was cancelled
Whether contraband found
Whether narcotics found

The records responsive to this request are likely available in a database, or in some query-able format. If your department or agency does not have direct access to the records, please raise to the respective department that can run queries directly (eg, through SQL).

Should your agency not have all of the requested records within a single record or document, please provide me the relevant documents that do, even if that requires more than one class of document. Should some of the records be unavailable, please let me know ahead of time so that we can narrow the request accordingly.

As the records responsive to this request are imperative for understanding how search warrants are executed, I ask that the public interest of these records be evaluated to the extent that the public's interest outweighs this request's burden. To add, this request is being sent to the largest city of every state and will be collated together to create a comprehensive map of search warrants throughout the US. As such, the records are not only important for understanding search warrants at a local level, but also at a national and state-wide level.

Please ensure that provided documents comply with Section 508, as these records will be shared with members of the public who are covered under the ADA. This guide should be helpful:

If this request was sent to the wrong department or agency, please let me know so that I can send to the correct place.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.


Lucy Parsons Labs

From: Kansas City Police Department

Ms. Labs,

I received your request related to the Kansas City Police Departments records of search warrants and related material dating from 2012 to present. At this time I am inquiring as to if this information would even be accessible in way your needing it and the amount of time and cost it will take in order to fulfill this. I will be in contact when I have further information.

Thank you

Nichole Howe #17525
Records Analyst
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
Office Of General Counsel
1125 Locust
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 949-1599

From: Kansas City Police Department

Hello Ms. Labs,

Per your 11/01/2019 request that was received by our office of general counsel on 11/04/2019, your request will require an extensive amount of work that will take quite some time to complete.

It would require 30-40 days of devoted time, and one devoted person to start. The rate is $32.00 per hour we are anticipating at least two months of work just to begin obtaining the information requested it would be approximately $10,240, which would require a pre-payment prior to beginning the work.

To obtain the specific requested information, it will take several months to a year to compile.

We wanted to let you know this upfront and then we are happy to proceed however you would like.

Is there a specific case, search warrant, or time frame that is more specific that you are seeking information on? If so, that may help reduce the cost, the amount of time and work required to meet your current request.

Please let us know how you would like to proceed or if you have any further questions. We are happy to assist you.

Thank you,


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