Search Warrant Data (City Of Portland)

Lucy Parsons Labs filed this request with the City Of Portland of Maine.
Multi Request Search Warrant Data
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From: Lucy Parsons Labs


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act, I hereby request the following records:

For all search warrants, applications for search warrants, cancellations, and authorization for search warrants between 2012 to the date of processing this request, please provide the following points of record for each:

Full Name of requester
If arrest, arrest ID (eg some cities/states use, "Incident Report")
Reason(s) for search warrant (typically either hand-written, or checkboxes)
Badge ID (or similar) of requester
District/Unit
Name of Judge
Name of approving officer
Whether an Arrest happened
Requested location of search warrant
Location of search warrant execution
Type of search warrant
Statements used to justify search warrant
Time and date when search warrant was submitted for approval
Time and date when search warrant was executed
Whether anything was seized
Whether anything was found
License plate of vehicle (if relevant)
Race of person for search warrant
Age of person for search warrant
State of person for search warrant
Whether an informant was involved
Method of contact with informant leading to search warrant (eg, phone call, mail, fax, email, etc)
Description of person search warrant executed on
Legal code of violation
Description of violation
Date of violation
If search warrant related to debt: name of company debt is owed to, amount owed
Whether FBI involved
ID associated with FBI document (eg, IR #)
Whether search warrant was cancelled
Whether contraband found
Whether narcotics found

The records responsive to this request are likely available in a database, or in some query-able format. If your department or agency does not have direct access to the records, please raise to the respective department that can run queries directly (eg, through SQL).

Should your agency not have all of the requested records within a single record or document, please provide me the relevant documents that do, even if that requires more than one class of document. Should some of the records be unavailable, please let me know ahead of time so that we can narrow the request accordingly.

As the records responsive to this request are imperative for understanding how search warrants are executed, I ask that the public interest of these records be evaluated to the extent that the public's interest outweighs this request's burden. To add, this request is being sent to the largest city of every state and will be collated together to create a comprehensive map of search warrants throughout the US. As such, the records are not only important for understanding search warrants at a local level, but also at a national and state-wide level.

Please ensure that provided documents comply with Section 508, as these records will be shared with members of the public who are covered under the ADA. This guide should be helpful: https://www.hhs.gov/web/section-508/making-files-accessible/checklist/pdf/index.html

If this request was sent to the wrong department or agency, please let me know so that I can send to the correct place.

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 1 M.R.S.A. § 408(6). 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.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Lucy Parsons Labs

From: City Of Portland

Good Afternoon.

The Portland Police Department is reviewing your request and working on
gathering the non-confidential information requested. To the extent the
documents you requested are confidential, we reserve the right to deny your
request in whole or in part. Once we have gathered the non-confidential
documents, we will make arrangements to get you the information either
digitally or in hard copy. We will also include an invoice, if applicable,
for the reasonable costs of copying and $15 per hour, after the first hour,
for the time involved in searching for, retrieving and compiling the
requested information as we are entitled to under 1 M.R.S.A. § 408-A.

Please contact me if you have any questions about your request.

Thank you,
BethAnne Poliquin
Police Attorney
bap@portlandmaine.gov

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Notice: Under Maine law, documents - including e-mails - in the possession
of public officials or city employees about government business may be
classified as public records. There are very few exceptions. As a result,
please be advised that what is written in an e-mail could be released to
the public and/or the media if requested.

From: City Of Portland

Attached please find the City Of Portland's response to your recent FOAA
request.

Thank you,
Beth Poliquin

--
Notice: Under Maine law, documents - including e-mails - in the possession
of public officials or city employees about government business may be
classified as public records. There are very few exceptions. As a result,
please be advised that what is written in an e-mail could be released to
the public and/or the media if requested.

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