Louisville, Kentucky: Larceny from MV reports

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Louisville Metro Police of Louisville, KY.
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From: Ben Hallman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Kentucky Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Police reports for every motor vehicle break-in and/or larceny from a motor vehicle that occurred in 2015. I want to determine how many vehicle break-ins occurred in your jurisdiction and basic information about each, including what, if anything, was stolen.

I want to see all the information contained in each police report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each crime; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; victims' names, ages, addresses and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.

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.

Sincerely,

Ben Hallman

From: Ben Hallman

Given the quantity of reports that our request is likely to produce, we want to narrow it. Instead of requesting incident reports for every larceny from a motor vehicle in 2015, we are now only requesting reports for larcenies from motor vehicles in which a firearm was stolen in 2015.

We still want see all the information contained in the report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each incident; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; the victims' names, ages and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

Please also provide the TOTAL number of larcenies from motor vehicles that were reported to your department in 2015, no matter what, if anything, was stolen. All we need here is a number.

If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.

From: Smiley, Alicia

The LMPD has identified approximately 150 reports for TBUTs from an auto involving a firearm and anticipates retrieving, reviewing and redacting these reports will take 15 - 20 business days.

Your request for the victim's name, age and contact information is denied pursuant to KRS 61.878(1)(a) which exempts from public release information that is deemed to be an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Persons filing a police report are compelled to provide their name, DOB and contact information as a part of a law enforcement investigation and do so without the knowledge, understanding or expectation that it will be disseminated to the public, thereby putting them at risk for harassment, retaliation or other injurious actions.

Please advise this office if you wish to proceed with this request and responsive records will be available for release on or about Monday, August 22, 2016.

From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

Thank you for the prompt response. Given the time it will take to get these reports back, we'd like to request copies of only 36 of the 150 reports, or three reports from each month of the year. I don't care which specific incidents are chosen, as long as there are three from each month. Please let me know about how long this take to produce and what the estimated cost will be.

Thank you,
Brian

From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

Is my request to narrow these documents Ok? Please let me know how much it will cost and what the estimated processing time will be for receiving only 36 of the 150 reports.

Thank you.

From: Smiley, Alicia

The LMPD is in receipt of your revised request and anticipates responsive records should be available on or about Thursday, August 4, 2016.

From: Ben Hallman

Thanks! Please send an invoice for the cost

From: Smiley, Alicia

Per your revised request please find attached responsive records. Pursuant to KRS 61.878(1)(a) victim names, personal home addresses, and other identifiers have all been redacted as this constitutes an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Persons filing a police report are compelled to provide this information as a part of a law enforcement investigation and have neither the knowledge, expectation or understanding that it will be disseminated to the public, potentially putting them at risk for harassment, retaliation or other adverse actions.

From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

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

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