Emergency Management Assistance Compact for Standing Rock NoDAPL Protests (Munster Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Munster Police Department of Munster, IN .
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From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Documents pertaining to the deployment of personnel in regards to the North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple issuing a state of emergency in response to protests at Standing Rock over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Documents sought are as follows:
-memos or requests received from the North Dakota Governor's Office, Morton County Sheriff's Department, North Dakota Emergency Management Agency, or North Dakota Highway Patrol for help under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
-emails with the aforementioned North Dakota agencies regarding the Standing Rock protests and/or personnel sent there to help with emergency management
-memos, emails, and requests sent internally with regards to the decision to deploy officers to North Dakota to help with controlling the protest
-Requests from the aforementioned North Dakota agencies for specific equipment to be brought to the Standing Rock protest area for their use in controlling the protest. This equipment may include but is not limited to surveillance devices including cell site simulators or social media surveillance software, or crowd control methods such as long range acoustic devices, water cannons, rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray or tasers.
-any bills, contracts, agreements, invoices, or other financial documentation for services rendered in helping to control the Standing Rock NoDAPL protests. These documents would likely be sent to the 4 aforementioned North Dakota agencies.

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Curtis Waltman

From: Nancy Nadratowski

Mr. Waltham,

Thank you for your patience in our response to your APRA request. As you know we had to search our records to ensure that we were complying with your requested information. Please find our responses below, in numbered sequence.

1. memos or requests received from the North Dakota Governor's Office, Morton County Sheriff's Department, North Dakota Emergency Management Agency, or North Dakota Highway Patrol for help under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
Answer: The Munster Police Department had no direct correspondence with any of the agencies listed. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security was in direct contact with North Dakota Officials, and will be responding to this request.

2. emails with the aforementioned North Dakota agencies regarding the Standing Rock protests and/or personnel sent there to help with emergency management.

Answer: The Munster Police Department had no direct contact with North Dakota agencies, and no personnel were sent in an emergency management capacity.

3. memos, emails, and requests sent internally with regards to the decision to deploy officers to North Dakota to help with controlling the protest

Answer: No internal emails or memos were sent to members of the Munster Police Department. The officers sent were called by me directly, and advised that they would be deploying to North Dakota.

4. Requests from the aforementioned North Dakota agencies for specific equipment to be brought to the Standing Rock protest area for their use in controlling the protest. This equipment may include but is not limited to surveillance devices including cell site simulators or social media surveillance software, or crowd control methods such as long range acoustic devices, water cannons, rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray or tasers.

Answer: The Munster Police Department has no such requests from North Dakota, outlining any specific equipment. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security handles the EMAC requests with the specifics as to what is being requested, and equipment that will be sent with the officers. I refer you to IDHS for their response, outlined in the actual EMAC contract.

5. any bills, contracts, agreements, invoices, or other financial documentation for services rendered in helping to control the Standing Rock NoDAPL protests. These documents would likely be sent to the 4 aforementioned North Dakota agencies.

Answer: The EMAC agreement and any costs associated with the deployment are handled directly between the State of Indiana and the State of North Dakota. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has/or is in the process of responding to these requests. I refer you to them for further documents regarding this type of request, since the Munster Police Department is not in possession of any aforementioned materials.

If you are in need of any further assistance, or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Chief

Stephen F. Scheckel

Chief of Police

Munster Indiana

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