|Submitted||Sept. 1, 2016|
MuckRock users can file, duplicate, track, and share public records requests like this one. Learn more.
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, databases, and inventory rosters containing weapons used by officers (i.e., firearms, tasers, batons, etc.).
If no such records exist than I request the alternative records:
• All records pertaining to the weapons that may be carried by officers as determined by the chief of police, or the board, or officer having control of the police under the authority granted in M.G.L. ch.41, §98
• All records pertaining to the most recent audit of firearms owned by the department
There is an active public debate on the utility of firearms to provide safety and protection. This debate involves elected officials such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh who is on record stating 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 state 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.
Please find attached the response to your Public Information Request.
James G. Hicks
Chief of Police
Natick Police Department
20 East Central Street
Natick, MA 01760-4631
FBI LEEDS #59
Past President Massachusetts Chiefs of Police 2013
President Middlesex County Chiefs of Police
This e-mail message, and any attachment to it, may contain confidential
and/or legally privileged information. If you are not the intended
recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering this message
to the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and
destroy all copies of the original e-mail message. Any disclosure, copying,
distribution, or use of the contents of information received in error is
strictly prohibited. If you are the intended recipient, please be advised
that the content of this message is subject to access, review and
disclosure by the sender's E-mail System Administrator.
LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE: Please note that if an Email I send is marked
LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE and YOU are not a member of LAW ENFORCEMENT - YOU
MAY NOT VIEW THAT PARTICULAR EMAIL.
Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.