FOIA - Knoxville PD - SelectaDNA Documents

J Ader filed this request with the Knoxville Police Department of Knoxville, TN.


From: Carlton Purvis

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documentation on SelectaDNA ( including, but not limited to, the following:

- Initial Bid Documents
- Current and previous contracts
- Requests for Proposals
- Memorandum(s) of Understanding
- Any privacy impact assessments
- Any instructional materials or presentations
- Use policies and standard operating procedures
- Letters of Interest
- Usage policies
- Any informal agreements that reference "SelectaDNA" or otherwise guide the relationship with this provider.

For reference and help in retrieving responsive documents, this program was publicly discussed in the following article:

"DOMESTIC burglary and theft dropped by 70% and all crime by 21% during a trial of the SelectaDNA forensic property marking system in Knoxville, United States.

The test was the first time that SelectaDNA had been used in the US and more than 80 kits were distributed to residents of the Old North Knoxville community, along with deterrent warning signs." [source: ]

I am not only interested in the aforementioned trial that Knoxville Police Department had with SelectaDNA but also any use and respective afterwards.

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.

Please note that I am a citizen of Tennessee, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.


Carlton Purvis

From: Knoxville Police Department

Mr. Purvis-

As you have been previously advised several times, because of questions regarding the validity of requests for information under the Tennessee public records laws from request fulfillment services, particularly those located outside the State of Tennessee, the City of Knoxville will not provide copies of public records through such entities, including Should you wish to submit a request to inspect or copy public records directly to the City of Knoxville, you may do so through the City department holding the requested records or through the City's Department of Communications, either in person, by phone, by letter or by e-mail, using the form provided at this link: Pursuant to state law, requestors are expected to provide proof of Tennessee citizenship at the time of the request.
Ronald E. Mills
Deputy Law Director
City of Knoxville
400 Main Street Suite 699
P.O. Box 1631
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865) 215-2050 phone
(865) 215-2643 fax<>