Vacations During Jan 2020 and 2021 (Newark Police Department)

Lucy Parsons Labs filed this request with the Newark Police Department of Newark, NJ.
Tracking #

PD-21-0034 CV-19

Multi Request Vacations During Jan 2020 and 2021
Due Jan. 20, 2021
Est. Completion Feb. 11, 2021
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Lucy Parsons Labs


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records sufficient to show the names, star numbers, respective dates, and the type of time off of all police officers and/or employees who requested any personal time off, vacation days, personal days, furlough days, or any other time off for the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2021 and January 8, 2021 AS WELL AS the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2020 and January 8, 2020.

Ideally, please provide the records in an excel spreadsheet.

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,

Lucy Parsons Labs

From: Newark Police Department

Good Afternoon:

The Office of the Clerk of the City of Newark has assigned your request tracking number PD-21-0034 CV-19 and forwarded to the Police Division.

Please be advised that on March 20, 2020, the State Legislature enacted P.L. 2020, c.10, which amended the OPRA statute relaxing OPRA’s statutory deadlines 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 December 21, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 210 extending the initial State of Emergency to January 21, 2021.

Since Governor Murphy’s initial Executive Order, this Office has made “reasonable efforts” to respond to the OPRA requests we have received. However, since Wednesday, March 25, 2020, amid the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and growing numbers of residents who have tested positive for the virus, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced a strict Shelter in Place mandate for the City of Newark. In order to protect not only the citizens of our city but also our public employees, all municipal agencies have vastly reduced operations and personnel.

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.

As the City received your OPRA request on January 11, 2020, February 11, 2021, is the current deadline by which the response to your request will be due.

The Office of the City Clerk respectfully requests your understanding and forbearance as we navigate this uncharted territory.

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