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

Basim Usmani filed this request with the Mesa Police Department of Mesa, AZ.

It is a clone of this request.

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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 Mesa Police Department 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: Steven Berry

Hello Basim,

We have your request. I will give you a status update on Tuesday on when the records will be available.

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From: Steven Berry

Hello Basim,

I checked with our records and legal section and they are still working on the request. I will keep checking for its completion.

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From: Steven Berry

Hello Basim,

I just checked on the status of this request again. As it stands, there are over 1836 pages of emails/documents related to your request. Based on the number of pages, the quote I was given for your request is $183.60. I was not able get a definitive timeline on when it would be complete. Based on the projected cost of the documents, would you like to continue with the request? We are happy to continue, I just want you to be aware of end cost.



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