Search Warrant Data (New Hampshire State Police)

Lucy Parsons Labs filed this request with the New Hampshire State Police of New Hampshire.
Multi Request Search Warrant Data
Due Nov. 8, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Lucy Parsons Labs


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Hampshire Right to Know Law, I hereby request the following records:

For all search warrants, applications for search warrants, cancellations, and authorization for search warrants between 2012 to the date of processing this request, please provide the following points of record for each:

Full Name of requester
If arrest, arrest ID (eg some cities/states use, "Incident Report")
Reason(s) for search warrant (typically either hand-written, or checkboxes)
Badge ID (or similar) of requester
District/Unit
Name of Judge
Name of approving officer
Whether an Arrest happened
Requested location of search warrant
Location of search warrant execution
Type of search warrant
Statements used to justify search warrant
Time and date when search warrant was submitted for approval
Time and date when search warrant was executed
Whether anything was seized
Whether anything was found
License plate of vehicle (if relevant)
Race of person for search warrant
Age of person for search warrant
State of person for search warrant
Whether an informant was involved
Method of contact with informant leading to search warrant (eg, phone call, mail, fax, email, etc)
Description of person search warrant executed on
Legal code of violation
Description of violation
Date of violation
If search warrant related to debt: name of company debt is owed to, amount owed
Whether FBI involved
ID associated with FBI document (eg, IR #)
Whether search warrant was cancelled
Whether contraband found
Whether narcotics found

The records responsive to this request are likely available in a database, or in some query-able format. If your department or agency does not have direct access to the records, please raise to the respective department that can run queries directly (eg, through SQL).

Should your agency not have all of the requested records within a single record or document, please provide me the relevant documents that do, even if that requires more than one class of document. Should some of the records be unavailable, please let me know ahead of time so that we can narrow the request accordingly.

As the records responsive to this request are imperative for understanding how search warrants are executed, I ask that the public interest of these records be evaluated to the extent that the public's interest outweighs this request's burden. To add, this request is being sent to the largest city of every state and will be collated together to create a comprehensive map of search warrants throughout the US. As such, the records are not only important for understanding search warrants at a local level, but also at a national and state-wide level.

Please ensure that provided documents comply with Section 508, as these records will be shared with members of the public who are covered under the ADA. This guide should be helpful: https://www.hhs.gov/web/section-508/making-files-accessible/checklist/pdf/index.html

If this request was sent to the wrong department or agency, please let me know so that I can send to the correct place.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Lucy Parsons Labs

From: New Hampshire State Police

Hello,

I'm writing to acknowledge your request below under RSA 91-A, for information regarding search warrants between 2012 and the present. In light of the scope of your request and the workloads and availability of personnel participating in the processing of your request, I estimate that approximately 60 days will be reasonably necessary to determine a methodology to locate any responsive records, following which I will provide an additional estimate of the time reasonably necessary to actually locate the records and/or to determine the extent of available records in accordance with RSA 91-A and applicable case law. Having read your request and the background information you provide, I will note that the NH State Police is not responsible for policing the largest city in New Hampshire, which is Manchester. Additionally, RSA 91-A:4, VII provides, "Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require a public body or agency to compile, cross-reference, or assemble information into a form in which it is not already kept or reported by that body or agency." Although I will make inquiries, I suspect that we do not have a database or other electronically-query-able records management capability that could locate the records of interest. I will be in touch.

David M. Hilts
Legal Counsel
Office of the Commissioner
New Hampshire Department of Safety
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
W (603) 227-0040
F (603) 271-1033

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