|Submitted||May 22, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Missouri Sunshine Law and the Missouri Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
Records relating to bail enforcement Agents also known as BEA's, Bounty Hunters, bail agents, bail recovery agents, bail recovery agents, skip tracers, or fugitive recovery agents. An itemized list of the records I am requesting about BEA's follows:
-Any training material including syllabi, power point presentations, or any distributed reading material. Please conduct this portion of the search from 1/1/05 to the date this request was processed on.
-Any regulations, policies, guidelines, or any other rules made to limit or manage what a BEA can and cannot do.
-Use of force policies for BEA's.
-All complaints against any BEA licensed or permitted by this agency with the following date range: 1/1/05 to the date this request is processed on.
-Financial documentation concerning the gross income of the Bail Enforcement industry in the state. In addition or in the event the agency does not keep documentation about the overall finances going to Bail Enforcement, any documentation about billing, salary/payment range, or potential benefits are also requested.
-Number of injuries and fatalities reported per year from the Bail Enforcement industry from 1/1/05 to the date this request was processed.
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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.
The Missouri Department of Insurance licenses and regulates bail bond agents, general bail bond agents, and surety recovery agents pursuant to Missouri statutes, Sections 374.695 to 374.789 RSMo<http://www.moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/ChaptersIndex/chaptIndex374.html>, and specific regulations<http://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/adrules/csr/current/20csr/20c700-6.pdf>. As the department does not directly provide any training to these licensees, we have no department training materials responsive to your request. However, if you are interested, you may wish to review the information from continuing education providers at the department's webpage for bail bond agents<http://insurance.mo.gov/agents/bailbondagents.php>, and search Continuing Education Provider Look-up<https://sbs-mo.naic.org/Lion-Web/jsp/extcelookup/ProviderLookup.jsp>.
The department does not have any documentation regarding income, billing, salaries or benefits in the bail bond industry nor regarding injuries or fatalities in the industry.
Lastly, consumer complaints regarding bail bond agents are not public records, and are therefore closed records and cannot be provided.
I hope this information is of assistance.
Director of Administration and Technology
Division of Administration
Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration
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