|Submitted||Nov. 14, 2016|
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Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am requesting access to and copies of records from your agency. I have broken the request into three parts, each of which details the records that 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 on stolen guns
It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen by the citizens they serve. We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction:
-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The serial number, make, model, caliber, type and any other descriptive information for each firearm that was reported stolen
If possible, I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one firearm. If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. If such a spreadsheet is not available, please provide any other records that contain this information.
2) Detailed information about crime guns
Second, 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, or otherwise recovered or taken in by officers, including the make, model and serial number of each gun. We are therefore requesting the following:
-- The following records regarding firearms used in crimes in your agency’s jurisdiction, found at crime scenes, seized during investigations or otherwise recovered or taken in by your agency: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime and/or incident from which it was recovered or seized; the police report number for the crime and/or incident; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed and/or the incident occurred. 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 where each row represents one case, the same as part 1) “Detailed information about stolen guns.” 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.
3) Detailed information on lost, stolen or unaccounted for law enforcement guns
Finally, 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. Therefore we request the following:
-- Any and all records of department-issued 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.
The records should include but not be limited to the following:
• The make, model, serial number 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. As a 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 request to the following address:
The Trace (at WeWork)
Attn: Brian Freskos
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
The City of Lincoln Police Department is in receipt of your Public Records Requests. Unfortunately, your request has come during a week when the department has had an audit, vacations, and have received other voluminous public records request. Please accept my apologies, but I have not been able to meet with staff to discuss your request. I am out tomorrow, but will attempt again on Monday. I will stay in touch. If there is some immediate information that you are needing, please let me know and I will see what I can do.
Police Legal Advisor
Thank you Tonya
Please accept my apologies. I haven’t fully reviewed your request or met with staff. I ended up getting sick last week and then was gone for the holiday. I am sorting through emails today and will get started tomorrow.
I am sorry for any inconvenience.
No worries! Thanks!
I just wanted to give you a status report. I am halfway done with your requests, but I ran into a roadblock with the officer lost/stolen. Several divisions maintain different aspects of the equipment, so it took me a little while to find the appropriate records. Unfortunately, the records are scanned and not organized by type of property. Some are scanned, but not searchable.. Staff are going through the records. I should be able to complete your request early next week.
Ok thank you so much Tonya. I really appreciate your and your staff's help with this request.
Please see attached. Thanks for your patience that took longer than anticipated. If you have any questions or a didn’t address something, please let me know.
Thank you so much for providing this information. And please pass along my thanks to anyone who also assisted. One thing:
As for part 2, detailed information about crime guns, what we're seeking is at least the case number, serial number, make and model of any gun that the department has taken custody of. For example, if there was a shooting and a gun was found at the scene, we'd like the information about that gun. If there was a traffic stop and an officer searched the car and found a gun and took it to evidence, we'd like that gun. Can the department provide that information? We're not asking for any other identifying details, just case number and the gun's serial number, make and model.
I don’t know the answer to your question, but could certainly follow-up on it. However, the person that could answer the question is enjoying a cruise in warm weather. When he returns, I will ask!!
Lucky him! It's freezing up here!
It’s not any warmer here!
Please accept my apologies. I was unable to get with staff to discuss your question before I was scheduled for depositions this week. I am out next week, but I can ask another person from my office to work on this. Or, I can do so when I return after the first of the year.
Mr. Freskos. Just an FYI. I am back and will try to meet with staff today on your request. Tonya
Thank you Tonya
Thank you again for your patience. Unfortunately, the Lincoln Police Department has to deny your request. Please see the attached response.