Firearm Project, North Las Vegas

Brian Freskos filed this request with the City of North Las Vegas Police Department of North Las Vegas, NV.
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From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am requesting access to and copies of records from your agency. I have broken the request into three parts, each of which details the records that we are seeking. As expressed below, the date range for each part of this request is January 1, 2010 to the present:

1) Detailed information on stolen guns

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen by the citizens they serve. We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction:

-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The serial number, make, model, caliber, type and any other descriptive information for each firearm that was reported stolen

If possible, I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case. If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. If such a spreadsheet is not available, please provide any other records that contain this information.

2) Detailed information about crime guns

Second, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, found at crimes scenes or other incidents, seized during investigations, or otherwise recovered or taken in by officers, including the make, model and serial number of each gun. We are therefore requesting the following:

-- The following records regarding firearms used in crimes in your agency’s jurisdiction, found at crime scenes, seized during investigations or otherwise recovered or taken in by your agency: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime and/or incident from which it was recovered or seized; the police report number for the crime and/or incident; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed and/or the incident occurred. Please include firearms for all offense and incident types, including homicide, robbery, assault, traffic stops, etc.

If your agency maintains a spreadsheet or database containing these records, we ask that you please provide that database. I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case, the same as part 1) “Detailed information about stolen guns.” If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet. If a spreadsheet or database is not available, please release any other records containing the information we seek.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

3) Detailed information on lost, stolen or unaccounted for law enforcement guns

Finally, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that, while under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise unaccounted for. Therefore we request the following:

-- Any and all records of department-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise unaccounted for.

-- If your department does not issue firearms, then we ask for any and all records of firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or otherwise became unaccounted for while under the control and/or in the possession of one of your employees.

The records should include but not be limited to the following:

• The make, model, serial number and caliber of each firearm
• The location and address where the firearm was lost or stolen
• The date of the loss or theft.
• The date the loss or theft was reported
• Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered
• If the lost, stolen or missing firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery
• A description of how the firearm was lost, stolen or went missing
• Whether negligence on the part of the employee is/was suspected in the loss or theft of the firearm
• Whether the employee in control of the firearm retired, was terminated or otherwise left the department, and if so, the date and circumstances of the employee’s departure and whether his or her gun was retrieved and/or recovered.
• Any other individual reports and findings on the individual lost, stolen or missing firearms

The records should include but not be limited to audits, inventory reports, databases, internal reports, memos, internal affairs investigations, emails or other correspondence, and/or any other records.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

Please label each record in a clear manner. As a news organization, we will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public and are not requesting it for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you informed me of the total charges before completing my request. The Trace is making this request with the help of MuckRock's public records request management service. The Trace will be paying all applicable fees for this request. Therefore, we request that if you send an invoice, you make it out to The Trace.

I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. If standard mail must be used, we ask that you send the request to the following address:

The Trace (at WeWork)
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354

Sincerely,

Brian Freskos

From: Denise Scarff

Mr. Freskos,

Please review the following email chain. I have been in contact with Ben
Hallman. I am waiting on payment for this request. The request will not
be completed until I receive a check for $160.00.

Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager

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From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 7:20 AM
Subject: RE: Nevada Public Records Act Request #DOC082916-08292016072050
To: scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

November 1, 2016
City of North Las Vegas Police Department
City of North Las Vegas Police Department
ATTN: Records
2332 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Ste. 200
North Las Vegas, NV 89030

This is a follow up to request number DOC082916-08292016072050:

Sounds good Denise. I'll forward the invoice on to our accounting folks and
they'll put the check in the mail. We're in New York so it might take a
week or two to reach you. But I'll follow up and make sure you received it.
Thank you and your staff for your help with this request.
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On Nov. 1, 2016:
Good morning,

We have already spent many hours on this request. The cost doesn't even
cover the time it took to complete this request. The City charges $40.00
per hour for research. Generally, I do give everyone a break. Our custom
reports are a minimum of $40 each. I normally only charge the $40 if the
research takes less than 2 hours. If the research exceeds two hours, I
charge accordingly. The statistics for 2015 took almost 2 hours to
complete. The other years (2011-2014) took an hour each. The actual fee
for this request should be $240.00. As you can see, I did discount the
fee, already. As you may recall on September 1, I quoted $320.00 for this
report. You did not object to the fee, at that time, so we processed the
request in good faith.

Denise

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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On Oct. 31, 2016:
Hi Denise,

Found out the issue. I've been asked to see if we could negotiate the cost
of the request to $80. We're a nonprofit organization and operate on a
tight budget. We're trying to collect similar data from 120 cities and
counties. The project will show how often firearm theft occurs and our
previous coverage has resulted in heightened awareness among gun owners to
keep their firearms securely stored to prevent theft.
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On Oct. 25, 2016:
I have not received the check. Please make sure it is mailed to 2266 Civic
Center Drive, N. Las Vegas, NV 89030 and to my attention.

Thanks,

Denise

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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On Oct. 25, 2016:
Hi Denise,

Just following up. Did you receive the check for this request? If not I
need to check with our people to see what the issue is.
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On Oct. 7, 2016:
Thanks! I sent to my people for approval. The check should be in the mail
in about a week.
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On Oct. 6, 2016:
I received the final numbers for your gun stat request. It did not take as
long as anticipated, so the final cost is $160.00 I attached a letter with
our mailing address. Once payment is received, I can email the numbers.

Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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On Sept. 1, 2016:
We can provide stats for 2011 through 2015. The estimated cost is $320.
Due to staffing patterns, we will not have the numbers available for 4 - 6
weeks. Once the information is available, I will send you the final cost.

Denise

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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On Sept. 1, 2016:
Ok I understand. We've run into the same thing at other departments. Could
you give me annual totals of guns stolen from cars for each year 2011
through 2015?
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On Aug. 31, 2016:
We are unable to process stats for this request from 2006 through September
9, 2010. On September 10, 2010, we changed report management systems and
we cannot pull the data requested from our legacy system. It would take
approximately 15 to 20 hours to process the request including September 10,
2010 through 2014. The approximate charge would be $600 to $800. We would
not know the exact cost until the report is completed. The request would
take approximately four to six weeks to complete.

Denise

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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On Aug. 31, 2016:
Hi Denise,

Thank you for sending that! I spoke to my editor yesterday and we were
wondering how much it might cost to get enough data to look a trend. Would
you mind telling me much would it cost to get just the number of thefts of
guns from cars for each year from 2006 through 2015?
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On Aug. 29, 2016:
Please see attached.

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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On Aug. 25, 2016:
Hi Denise, can you send me an invoice for this request? Then we'll put a
check in the mail.
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On Aug. 18, 2016:
The request will be completed within 5-7 working days.

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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On Aug. 18, 2016:
Once you have payment, about how long will it take to complete the request?
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On Aug. 17, 2016:
Good morning,

We do not keep this data in a readily available format. This request would
require us to create a custom report. In order to proceed, we require
payment. Each report is $40.00 for a total of $80.00. Please mail payment
to my attention at:

Denise Scarff
North Las Vegas Police Department
2266 Civic Center Drive
North Las Vegas, NV 89030

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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On Aug. 15, 2016:
Hi Denise,

Please hold off on the initial request for incidents right now. We might
decide to proceed with analyzing the reports in the future. But for now all
we need are the following numbers:

1) Number of firearms stolen from all sources (residences, businesses,
cars, etc.) in 2015.

2) Number of firearms stolen just from cars in 2015.
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On Aug. 9, 2016:
The response, below, is in reference to the first request you sent
regarding stolen firearm reports. Attached is your original request.
Prior to proceeding, we do need confirmation that you will pay for each
report. Once we have confirmation that you will pay for the reports, I
will send the total cost and once we receive payment, the request will be
processed.

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From: Denise Scarff <scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 10:14 AM
Subject: Public records request
To: requests@muckrock.com

The attached public records request is under review. The cost for incident
reports are $5.00 each. Custom reports for statistics are $40.00 each.
Please advise if you would like us to proceed. Until I have had adequate
time to review the request, I will not know the total cost. We will need a
minimum of 30 days for full review.

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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On Aug. 9, 2016:
To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 2, 2016. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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On Aug. 2, 2016:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Nevada Public Records Act, I hereby request the following
records:

1) The total number of firearms reported stolen to your department in 2015.

2) The total number of firearms reported stolen from motor vehicles to your
department in 2015.

I submitted on July 21 and 22 requests for police reports related to the
theft of firearms from motor vehicles and asking for the total number of
automobile burglaries in 2015. If you have not already completed that
request, please complete this one first if possible.

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,

Ben Hallman

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi Denise, have you received the check for $160?

From: Denise Scarff

I have not received a check.

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Ok sorry Denise. I just sent an email checking on the status of this. I apologize for the delay.

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Denise, the accounting folks said they sent the check Nov. 15. Not sure what the issue was. Maybe it got lost in the mail. I'll ask them to send another one.

From: Denise Scarff

I apologize. We did receive this check. I sent the records requested to
Ben Hallman on November 28, 2016.

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Oh okay. Good deal. Which address did you send them to?

From: Denise Scarff

I emailed them to requests@muckrock.com

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Oh ok. That email goes to someone else. Would you mind sending them to my gmail: foia@thetrace.org

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