Police Women undergo Cavity Searches (Oxford County Sheriff's Office)

Cynthia Fernandez filed this request with the Oxford County Sheriff's Office of Oxford County, ME.
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From: Cynthia Fernandez

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act ("FOAA"), I hereby request the following records:

Any and all documents, policies, memos, and complaints concerning female police officers and job-mandated gynecological examinations prior or post-hire.

This is an issue that has been widely reported on: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/a3eb55/female-recruits-ffirorced-to-undergo-vaginal-exams-by-nebraska-state-patrol-lawsuit-claims

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 1 M.R.S.A. § 408(6). 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.

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.


Cynthia Fernandez

From: Wayne J. Gallant

The Oxford County Sheriff’s Office does not have any documents, policies, memos, or complaints concerning female police officers and job-mandated gynecological examinations prior or post-hire. Our hiring practices for deputies is consistent with the certification standards set for by the law enforcement licensing authority in the State of Maine…. The Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA). You can go to the web page of the MCJA and all that you are asking for is publicly available there.

Sheriff Wayne J. Gallant

Sheriff Wayne J. Gallant

Oxford County Sheriff’s Office

P.O. Box 179

26 Western Avenue

South Paris, Maine 04281

Office: (207) 743-9554 Ext 111

Fax: (207) 743-1510

wgallant@oxfordcountysheriff.com <mailto:wgallant@oxfordcountysheriff.com>