Environmental Police Weapons

David Brown filed this request with the Massachusetts Environmental Police of Massachusetts.
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From: Gronendyke, Katie (EEA)

Hi,

Please submit your public records request here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/public-records/executive-office/public-records-request.html
Thanks!
Katie

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From: David Brown

Katie, hello-
As per the Secretary of State's public records guide (https://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prepdf/guide.pdf)
"A records custodian may provide a form, but cannot demand that the form be used"
Please process this request in its current format. Thank you.

From: David Brown

To Whom It May Concern:

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

* Any lists of weapons (i.e., firearms, tasers, batons, etc.) used by deputy directors of enforcement, chiefs of enforcement, deputy chiefs of enforcement, or environmental police officers.

If no such records exist than I request the alternative records:
* Any records created to authorize under M.G.L. ch.21A, §10C deputy directors of enforcement, chiefs of enforcement, deputy chiefs of enforcement, or any environmental police officer to have in their possession and carry a firearm, revolver, club, billy, or any weapon.
* All records pertaining to the most recent audit of firearms used by deputy directors of enforcement, chiefs of enforcement, deputy chiefs of enforcement, or environmental police officers.

There is an active public debate on the utility of firearms and other weapons for policing. This debate involves elected officials, such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh who has stated there is no need for Boston police officers to have long guns. A list of weapons that are currently owned, duly authorized, and safely stored by the Massachusetts Environmental police is of great interest to the public in providing greater context for this public discourse.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

David Brown

From: Connelly, Bridget (DCR)

The emails requesting status updates for public records requests submitted to the Environmental Police should be directed to the Environmental Police or The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The Department of Conservation and Recreation does not maintain the records sought.

Bridget Connelly
Assistant General Counsel
617-626-1311

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