Israel trip funding approval (Newark Police Department)

Matthew Petti filed this request with the Newark Police Department of Newark, NJ.
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Multi Request Israel trip funding approval


From: Matthew Petti

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

All documents sufficient to show when Homeland Security Grant Program funds were used to pay for travel to or training in Israel during the calendar years 2010 through 2020.

The Homeland Security Grant Program includes the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), and Operation Stonegarden (OPSG).

You may find attached below an example of the type of document I am looking for. The example is a Long Beach Police Department document announcing that three officers have been authorized to use $16,500 in UASI funding to attend the 2016 Western States Counter-Terrorism Seminar in Israel. The document includes details of how the funding may be spent.

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.


Matthew Petti

From: Newark Police Department

Good Afternoon:

The Office of the Clerk of the City of Newark has assigned your request tracking number PD-22-0806 and forwarded it to the Police Division.

On March 20, 2020, Governor Murphy signed into law P.L. 2020, c.10, which provides that OPRA’s statutory deadlines do not apply for the duration of a Governor-declared state of emergency pursuant to the Disaster Control Act (N.J.S.A. App.A.9-33 et seq.), a public health emergency under the Emergency Health Powers Act (N.J.S.A. 26:13-1 et seq.), or when a state of local disaster emergency is declared by a county or by a municipality. On March 4, 2022, Governor Murphy reinstated New Jersey's State of Emergency created pursuant to Executive Order 103 with Executive Order No. 292.

In order to gather the documents responsive to your requests, the OPRA unit sends your requests to the respective City Departments, which actually created, received, or retained these documents. Since the State of Emergency, crucial City Staff have retired, become sick, and work a staggered schedule, which makes the time needed to gather responsive documents far longer than usual.

This Office received your request on May 27, 2022, and anticipates a police response by June 27, 2022.

From: Newark Police Department

Good Afternoon:

The Office of the Clerk of the City of Newark has received the attached response to your OPRA request from the Police Division. Attached please find a copy of your request and a copy of the police response.