FOIA - Knoxville PD - SelectaDNA Documents

J Ader filed this request with the Knoxville Police Department of Knoxville, TN.
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From: Carlton Purvis

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documentation on SelectaDNA (https://www.selectadna.com/) 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: https://www.selectadna.co.uk/news/us-police-credit-70-crime-drop-in-knoxville-to-selectadna ]

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.

Sincerely,

Carlton Purvis

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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 muckrock.com. 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: http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/communications/. 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
rmills@knoxvilletn.gov<mailto:rmills@knoxvilletn.gov>
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From: Knoxville Police Department

Mr. Purvis-

Please see below regarding the City's policy for handling requests through aggregator services. If you submit your request directly to the City as set forth below, it will be processed in due course.

From: Knoxville Police Department

Mr. Purvis-

Please provide an address and an e-mail address at which I can contact you other than through muckrock.com. There are several issues related to your request(s) I need to discuss with you, some of which relate to fulfilling your request and some of which relate to your eligibility to inspect public records in Tennessee.

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
rmills@knoxvilletn.gov<mailto:rmills@knoxvilletn.gov>
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From: Knoxville Police Department

Mr. Purvis-

Since my message to you last week, the City of Knoxville has received a written request, mailed from MuckRock News at a Massachusetts address, requesting follow-up on a request from January 30, 2018. We do not have any request from that date on file, although the writing internally suggests that the request was made on March 19, 2018. In any event, as I requested last week, please provide me with an address and an e-mail address at which I can contact you other than through muckrock.com. There are several issues related to your request(s) I need to discuss with you, some of which relate to fulfilling your request and some of which relate to your eligibility to inspect public records in Tennessee. I await a response from you using an address and/or an e-mail address other than through muckrock.com, so that I might verify your identity and Tennessee citizenship and discuss those other issues related to your request(s). Without such contact information I cannot proceed with fulfillment of your request(s).

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
rmills@knoxvilletn.gov<mailto:rmills@knoxvilletn.gov>
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