Firearm Project, Lee County, FL

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Lee County Sheriff's Office of Lee County, FL.
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From: Brian Freskos

Hi,

Pursuant to the Florida Sunshine Law, I am requesting data and other records from your agency as part of a national reporting project on the use of stolen firearms in crimes.

From the Florida Department of Law Enforcement we obtained serial number, make, model and other information on firearms reported stolen by members of the public to your agency. We are requesting that your agency provide similar information for firearms that your agency has confiscated, seized, found, booked into evidence, or otherwise taken custody of so that we may explore the relationship between stolen guns and crime. We are also requesting that your agency provide records related to firearms that were reported lost or stolen from law enforcement officers in your jurisdiction.

I have broken the request into parts, each of which details the records we are seeking. As expressed below, the date range for each part of this request is January 1, 2010 to the present:

1) Detailed information about seized and/or recovered guns, any guns in evidence, and/or any gun of which the department has taken custody

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, found at crimes scenes or other incidents, seized during investigations, booked property or evidence, or otherwise under the custody and control of the department, including the make, model and serial number of each gun.

We are therefore requesting the following records regarding firearms used in crimes, found at crime scenes or other incidents, booked into property or evidence, seized or confiscated during investigations or otherwise recovered or taken in by your agency:

-- The serial number, make and model of each gun
-- The date on which the department recovered, seized or took custody of each gun
-- The police report number for the crime and/or incident involving each gun
-- The type of crime or incident in which each gun was involved (e.g., homicide, robbery, assault, etc.)

Please include firearms for all offense and incident types, including homicide, robbery, assault, traffic stops, etc.

If your agency maintains a spreadsheet or database containing these records, we ask that you please provide that database. I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet. If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet. If a spreadsheet or database is not available, please release any other records containing the information we seek.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

2) Detailed information on 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. 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. If an officer left a firearm somewhere or lost one somehow, we would like the report for that loss.

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.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

Please label each record in a clear manner. I am a reporter with The Trace, a 501c3 nonprofit news organization. We will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public and are not requesting it for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you informed me of the total charges before completing my request. We request that if you send an invoice, you make it out to The Trace.

I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. If standard mail must be used, we ask that you send the records to the following address:

The Trace
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354

Sincerely,

Brian Freskos
Investigations, The Trace

From: Iriarte, Anita

Mr. Freskos,

Our office received your request. Unfortunately, there was a delay in response due to this request being sent to the incorrect unit. All public record requests are handled through the Public Information Office.

We are reviewing your request and will get back to you.

Thank you,

Sergeant Anita Iriarte 06-093
Lee County Sheriff Office
Public Information Office
14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy,
Fort Myers, FL 33912
239-477-1340

From: Iriarte, Anita

Mr. Freskos,

Our Records Unit will be able to generate a list of all incidents involving a firearm and their current status from years 2012-2016. The estimated amount of time to compile the data is 1 hour. We will need a deposit of $18.20 to proceed with the request. Please send a check/money order to:

Lee County Sheriff Office
Public Information Office
14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy,
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Attention: Sergeant Anita Iriarte

We will not compile the data until payment is received. Thank you.

Thank you,

Sergeant Anita Iriarte 06-093
Lee County Sheriff Office
Public Information Office
14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy,
Fort Myers, FL 33912
239-477-1340

From: Brian Freskos

HI Sgt. Iriarte,

Thank you for the estimate. Would that include the make, model and serial number of those firearms?

From: Iriarte, Anita

If the victim has that information available, yes, it will be part of the spreadsheet line items. Victim’s do not always have a serial number.

Thank you,

Sergeant Anita Iriarte 06-093
Lee County Sheriff Office
Public Information Office
14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy,
Fort Myers, FL 33912
239-477-1340

From: Brian Freskos

Great! I'll get accounting to put a check in the mail.

From: Iriarte, Anita

Mr. Freskos,

Attached is a copy of your receipt for the firearms request. We will proceed with compiling the data and I will email when it’s ready. [cid:image001.png@01D2CEEB.BA78A1B0]

Thank you,

Sergeant Anita Iriarte 06-093
Lee County Sheriff Office
Public Information Office
14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy,
Fort Myers, FL 33912
239-477-1340

From: Brian Freskos

Sounds good. Thanks!

From: Iriarte, Anita

Mr. Freskos,

The list you requested is attached to this email. If you have any questions, please let us know. Thanks.

Thank you,

Sergeant Anita Iriarte 06-093
Lee County Sheriff Office
Public Information Office
14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy,
Fort Myers, FL 33912
239-477-1340

From: Brian Freskos

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Brian Freskos

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