Badge/ID Number Policies (Massachusetts State Police)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Massachusetts State Police of Massachusetts.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

• All policies regarding the display and release of officer badge/identification numbers.

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 fees cannot be waived, 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: O'Neil, Jenniffer (POL)

To Whom It May Concern:

The Massachusetts Department of State Police ("Department") has received your request for Department records and considers your request as a submission pursuant to G.L. c. 66, §10, the Massachusetts Public Records Law. As a courtesy this letter is to notify you that your request has been assigned to a member of the Department's Legal Section for review. Upon completion of your request the Department will respond accordingly. Please be aware that:

* The Department may send you a good faith estimate for the cost of complying with your inquiry, since, pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, a records custodian may charge and recover a fee for the time he or she spends searching, reviewing, segregating, redacting, and re-filing a record. The Department may also apply a fee based on the number of pages copied and produced.

* Any response by the Department will be subject to the exemptions to the Public Records Law set forth in G.L. c. 4, sec. 7, cl. 26 (a)-(q).

* Under the Public Records Law, every requester is treated equally; therefore, even a person who is the subject of the record is not granted any greater access right than any other person.

Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Jenn

Jenniffer P. O'Neil, Esq.
Staff Counsel
Department of State Police
State Police Headquarters
470 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 820-2348

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 6, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: O'Neil, Jenniffer (POL)

Good Afternoon,

The Department of State Police (“Department”)has received your public records request for “all policies regarding the display and release of officer badge/identification numbers”. Attached please find the following responsive policies as well as relevant General laws and Regulations for your review:

1. Rules and Regulations – Article 5, Rules of Conduct

2. General Order – GEN-02, Uniforms

3. General Order – UOF-04, Use of Force – Equipment

4. General Laws Chapter 22C, Section 19 – Uniforms and Identification Cards

5. Code of Massachusetts Regulations, Chapter 15.00 – Standards for Identification Cards

If you object to the Department’s response to your request or any portion of the same, you may appeal the Department’s response in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 66, §10(b) and 950 CMR 32.00.

Thank you.

Jenniffer P. O’Neil, Esq.
Staff Counsel
Department of State Police
State Police Headquarters
470 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 820-2348

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