|Submitted||Jan. 22, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
Requests, emails , or other written communication to the Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of having Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) programs held in their own jurisdictions. According to the FLETC website, they export programs to state and local police departments tuition-free. The following link is the page in which this is explained. https://www.fletc.gov/registration
The names of all officers in your department who have received training from Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers between 1/1/12 and the date this request was processed. In case your department does not keep such a list, I would like a copy of any forms or applications submitted by officers for training with or expenses related to Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers between 1/1/12 and the date this request is processed.
The following is a list of FLETC courses I would like searched for:
-Active Shooter Threat Training Program
-Advanced Instruction for Marksmanship
-All Terrain Vehicle Training Program
-Advanced Pistol Training Program
-Continuing Legal Education Training Program-Uniformed Police
-Covert Electronic Tracking Program
-Internet Investigations Training Program
-Introduction to Digital Evidence Analysis
-Mobile Device Investigations Program
-Use of Force Instructor Training Program
-Land Transportation Antiterrorism Training Program
If the forms, applications, or requests do not specify which courses are going to be attended than just include any FLETC courses.
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 been published by national outlets. My work for Motherboard can be viewed at the following link: http://motherboard.vice.com/author/cwaltman
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.
Dear Mr. Waltman:
This is in response to your request for records pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. c. 66, section 10 (the "Public Records Law") dated January 22, 2017. Under the Public Records Law, the City is entitled to payment for the costs of searching for and reproducing records in excess of two hours. A good faith estimate is outlined below.
The Police Department's database does not usually identify specific vendors concerning training for each officer. Typically, only the subject matter and date is entered. In order to gather that information it would be necessary to review each officer's personnel file to locate any training certificates on file from FLETC with the New Bedford Police Department. There are 253 police officers currently employed in the New Bedford Police Department. It would take approximately 15 minutes to review, copy/scan and file away each police officer's personnel file.
253 officers x 15 minutes each = 63.25 hours - 2 hours at no charge = 61.25 hours.
61.25 hours x $20.79 = $1,273.39.
Kindly forward a check or money order made payable to the City of New Bedford to my attention in the amount of $1,273.39 for the above-referenced charges. Upon receipt of the check we will provide you with the documents in response to your request in a timely manner pursuant to the Public Records Law.
Please let me know if there are any questions
Lt. Ricard Rezendes
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