Requesting records mentioning John Guandolo, Strategic Engagement Group, Inc & "Understanding the Threat" training seminar

Basim Usmani filed this request with the Maricopa County Sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ.
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From: Basim Usmani

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state open records law, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 39-121 to 39-122 and 39-128, I hereby request the following records:

Any records of communication from Maricopa County Sheriff with John Guandolo and/or mention of "Strategic Planning and Execution"/"Strategic Engagement Group, Inc". The Strategic Engagement Group, Inc holds seminars such as "Understanding the Threat," issuing counter terrorism training to law enforcement. I would also like any promotional materials given to the department, and if training was sought from this law enforcement training companies, then I would like a copy of any contract and any reports that were generated from the program. If John Guandolo or his company discussed in any way with the department what the topic or a class or seminar would be, please include that in your response. If any recordings or any newsletters were sent referencing these companies, please include them as well. Please conduct the search from 1/1/17 and the date this request is processed on.

As a member of the news media working for MuckRock News I request that a fee waiver for my request be granted. My work has also been published by national outlets. My work for the New York Times can be viewed at the following link:

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Basim Usmani

From: Sofia Murta - SHERIFFX

Good morning,

Please see below for Legal Liaison's note regarding your request.

Thank you.

Sofia Murta
Media Relations
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
550 W. Jackson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

From: Ana Gonzalez - SHERIFFX

In regards to your public records request to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, The Legal Liaison section has been advised that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) does not have contracts with a "John Guandolo" or "Strategic Engagement Group, Inc.", nor has the MCSO issued a purchase order to either the individual or company.

Also, please be advised that a thorough search of MCSO records was conducted and no emails were found from any MCSO personnel to/from or mention of John Guandolo and/or "Strategic Planning and Execution"/"Strategic Engagement Group, Inc." from 1/1/2017 to and including 7/27/2017.

Subject of Request: Sheriff/John Guandolo

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