Search Warrant Data (Maine State Police)

Lucy Parsons Labs filed this request with the Maine State Police of Maine.
Multi Request Search Warrant Data
Est. Completion None
Status
Withdrawn

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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: Maine State Police

Dear Ms. Parsons Labs:

This email is sent to acknowledge our agency’s receipt of your FOAA request below.

We do not have any one record that includes all of the information you are seeking through your request.

To search for, compile, and review nearly 7 years of records to try to determine whether they have at least some of the information responsive to your request would take a considerable amount of staff time for which we would charge a corresponding fee. (I anticipate that the fee would easily exceed $100.)

In view of the information I have provided here, please let me know how you wish to proceed with your request.

Respectfully, C

Chris

CHRISTOPHER PARR
STAFF ATTORNEY
MAINE STATE POLICE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
(e) christopher.parr@maine.gov<mailto:christopher.parr@maine.gov>

Department of Public Safety
Maine State Police
45 Commerce Drive, Suite 1
Augusta, ME 04333-0042

This e-mail, and any attachments thereto, may contain or constitute information that is confidential by law and/or protected by one or more recognized privileges. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS E-MAIL IN ERROR, PLEASE CONTACT me WITH A REPLY E-MAIL at the earliest convenience. Thank you.

From: Lucy Parsons Labs

Could you please provide a cost estimate? Once we have an understanding of the costs, we can discuss steps forward.

From: Maine State Police

Dear Ms. Parsons Labs:

Thank you for your email.

Our agency does not track the type of data you are seeking through your FOAA request.

Therefore, for our agency to try to search for, ascertain, and review records that, in the aggregate, might include various pieces of the data you are seeking, we would need to devote a substantial amount of staff time to doing so.

At this point it is impossible to provide an even somewhat-informed fee estimate; however, if I were to guess, I anticipate the total fee would exceed $1,500. (Again, that is simply a guess.)

I also will guess here that at least 9 months would be needed to process your request. (Again, that, too, is simply a guess.)

You might wish to direct your request to the Maine Judicial Branch, Administrative Office of the Courts, as that office might have data responsive to your request more readily available.

In any case, please let me know how you would like our agency to proceed with regard to your request.

Respectfully, C

Chris

CHRISTOPHER PARR
STAFF ATTORNEY
MAINE STATE POLICE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
(e) christopher.parr@maine.gov<mailto:christopher.parr@maine.gov>

Department of Public Safety
Maine State Police
45 Commerce Drive, Suite 1
Augusta, ME 04333-0042

This e-mail, and any attachments thereto, may contain or constitute information that is confidential by law and/or protected by one or more recognized privileges. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS E-MAIL IN ERROR, PLEASE CONTACT me WITH A REPLY E-MAIL at the earliest convenience. Thank you.

From: Lucy Parsons Labs

Thank you! I'll follow up with them. For now, please close this request.

From: Maine State Police

Dear Ms. Parsons-Labs:

Please see the prior response I sent (copied below), and then advise.

Thank you.

Respectfully, C

Chris

CHRISTOPHER PARR
STAFF ATTORNEY
MAINE STATE POLICE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
(e) christopher.parr@maine.gov<mailto:christopher.parr@maine.gov>

Department of Public Safety
Maine State Police
45 Commerce Drive, Suite 1
Augusta, ME 04333-0042

This e-mail, and any attachments thereto, may contain or constitute information that is confidential by law and/or protected by one or more recognized privileges. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS E-MAIL IN ERROR, PLEASE CONTACT me WITH A REPLY E-MAIL at the earliest convenience. Thank you.

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