Police Weapons (Newton Police Department)

Max Reyes filed this request with the Newton Police Department of Newton, MA.
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From: Max Reyes


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, 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

Further, if it is not possible to disclose this information due to exemptions or public safety concerns, I would request a list of weapons used by the department separate from personnel data.

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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Max Reyes

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Newton Police Department

Please find in this email as an attachment the information you have
requested. Thank you for using our WEB interface for processing your
request. We hope that this provided an easy way of doing business.

Thank you for completing your request for information through the IT Bureau
of the Newton Police Department. We appreciate your use of our interactive
request process and hope that you find this method convenient and time
saving.

Newton Police Department
PRL Office
1321 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02465
November 2, 2020
This is a follow up to a previous request:
This request was originally submitted via email to hmintz@newtonma.gov
(error). It was never acknowledged. Due to issues with the original
communication method, we are now directing this request to you.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me
know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
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On Oct. 29, 2018:
Subject: Massachusetts Public Records Law Request: Police Weapons (Newton
Police Department)
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, 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
Further, if it is not possible to disclose this information due to
exemptions or public safety concerns, I would request a list of weapons used
by the department separate from personnel data.
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 business days,
as the statute requires.
Sincerely,
Max Reyes
Filed via MuckRock.com

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