|Submitted||April 24, 2017|
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Dear Records Officer,
Pursuant to the state public records law, I am a journalist requesting that the Police Department provide data records as part of a national project seeking to explore the use of stolen firearms in crimes. I have broken the request into parts, each of which details the records that we are seeking:
Part 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 from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present:
-- The serial number, make and model of each firearm that was reported stolen
-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The date the theft was reported
Part 2) Detailed information about firearms that were seized, confiscated, recovered, found, turned in, booked into property and evidence, or otherwise came under the custody and control of the department
It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were seized, confiscated, recovered, found, turned in, booked into property and evidence, or otherwise came under the custody and control of the department. We are therefore requesting the following information about every such firearm taken in from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present:
-- The serial number, make and model of each firearm
-- The date on which the firearm was seized, confiscated, recovered, found, turned in, booked into property and evidence, or otherwise came under the custody and control of the department.
-- The police report number and/or incident number associated with each firearm
-- The type of crime or incident involving each gun (e.g., homicide, robbery, assault, etc.)
If possible, we would be grateful if the data from both parts of this request were collated into a spreadsheet. The Property and Evidence Section of the department may be able to provide such a spreadsheet. It is fine if the spreadsheet contains more information than we are seeking; we will format the data and delete entries that we don’t need.
If a spreadsheet is available, we respectfully ask the department to provide the record layout and/or code sheet so that we can ascertain the meaning of column labels, acronyms and abbreviations, and distinguish between firearms reported stolen and those that were seized, confiscated, recovered, found, turned in, booked into property and evidence, or otherwise came under the custody and control of the department.
If a spreadsheet is not available, please provide physical copies of the police reports or any other documentation containing the data we week.
Firearm theft has become a mounting concern for law enforcement officials in many major cities, leading to campaigns aimed at educating gun owners on storage practices to reduce the risk of theft and prevent firearms from entering the illegal market. We are collecting similar data from dozens of police departments around the country. Our goal is to match the serial number, make and model of firearms that were reported stolen to those that were recovered during the course of a criminal investigation.
I am a member of the news media, a reporter with The Trace, a 501c3 nonprofit news organization headquartered in New York City. 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.
I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. You can send any correspondence or records to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require standard mail, we ask that you send correspondence and any records to our national headquarters at:
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway, 4th Floor
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, please do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354. If I do not answer, please leave me a voicemail, and I’ll respond ASAP.
Thank you for your request. Below is the information we track and have available. The below graph shows the total number of firearms booked into the OCPD Evidence Room by requested year. Our computer system DOES NOT track guns by type of case, model, serial number or crime. Additionally the data you are requesting about stolen and recovered guns is kept by the ATF.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for sending this and the quick response. Would you if we spoke briefly on the phone about this request? I'd like to see if maybe we can at least get a little something from Oklahoma City.
Yes, I can be reached at 405-316-5218.