|Submitted||July 7, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
-The Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification forms submitted as required to the United States Department of Justice for the years 2014 through 2016.
-Total civil asset forfeiture figures per year for the years 2010 through the date this request is processed.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
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 10 business days, as the statute requires.
I write in response to your July 9, 2017 public records request emailed to Charles Ouellette. From this point forward if you need to file a public records request, I ask you go through the formal process of visiting lowellma.gov and filling out a public records request so that it may be tracked accordingly.
You requested "the equitable sharing agreement and certification forms submitted as required to the United States Department of Justice for the years 2014 through 2016." Also, you requested "total civil asset forfeiture figures per year for the years 2010 through the date this request is processed."
Please be advised the individual that can furnish this information is on vacation. When she returns, I will forward your request to her and if she has any of the information you requested, I will forwarded it onto you in a timely manner.
Please be advised that you have the right to appeal this response. You may petition the Supervisor of Records at the following address:
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Division of Public Records
1 Ashburton Place Room 1719
Boston, MA 02108
Thank you for your attention to this matter
Lowell Police Department
Attached are the documents you requested. We now consider this request closed. If you wish to appeal the City's response, you may petition the Supervisor of Records. The petition should be sent to the following address:
SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH
DIVISION OF PUBLIC RECORDS
1 ASHBURTON PALCE RM 1719
BOSTON, MA 02108
In addition, please be advised that you have the right to seek judicial review of an unfavorable decision by commencing a civil action in the Superior Court under MGL. C. 66 section 10A, subsection (c).
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Keeper of Records