Gun policies & incidents (Polk County, FL)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Polk County Sheriff of Polk County, FL.
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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

All data, statistics, or reports regarding incidents involving firearms, including but not limited to:
> firearm-related homicides
> firearm-related assaults

Any and all policies, procedures, directives, memorandums, and any other guiding materials regarding matters pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• policies and procedures on the issuance of firearms permits and licenses. (Please note that this point is not a request for the identities of individual permit or license holders, but, rather, is a request for governmental policies and parameters regarding the process and regulations by which one may obtain either a permit or a license. If separate strictures exist for each, provision of both would be greatly appreciated.)
• policies and procedures on the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• any and all available policies and procedures regarding local firearms policies. Please provide all such materials that alter or supplement departmental procedures.
• policies and procedures regarding the sale and purchase of firearms. Please include all materials regarding the appropriate qualifications for the sale or purchase of firearms. Please include materials for particular venues, if available, including but not limited to the sale and purchase of firearms at gun shows.
• policies and procedures regarding the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.
Please include all available segregable data.

All data, statistics, or reports regarding matters pertaining to gun acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• the issuance of firearms permits and licenses.
• the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• the sale and purchase of firearms.
• the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Reuter, Jason

Dear Ms. Nasson:

I am in receipt of your public records request seeking all reports regarding firearm related incidents Please be advised that this request will require extensive use of information technology resources and extensive use of clerical, supervisory assistance or both. Therefore, pursuant to sec 119.07(4)(d), Florida Statutes the agency requires that you provide a deposit in the amount of $2000.00 before further work is done of this request.

You have requested the reports from all firearm related incidents investigated by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. I have consulted with our Records Management Bureau and our Information Technology Section and we believe there are approximately 5,000 incidents that could fall into this category. It will take the Records section an estimate 439 hours to pull all these reports. This work will be done at the Records section clerical rate of 11.31 per hour. The reports will then need to be reviewed for responsiveness and for any confidential or exempt information pursuant to Florida Statute Section 119. The labor for this review has not been included in this estimate as it is unknown how many supplement reports each incident will have until it is pulled. We anticipate the final cost to complete this request will be greater than the above quoted deposit amount.

If for some reason it takes us less time to complete this request than anticipated, then we will refund you the un-used portion of your deposit. If it appears it is going to take us substantially more time to fulfill this request then we may request another deposit. Please pay by check or money order made payable to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Please make reference to your request with your payment and send it to my attention. If we do not here from you within 30 days we will consider your request withdrawn. We will begin preparing the documents as soon as we receive your deposit. Once the documents are ready we will contact you.

Jason A. Reuter
Associate Staff Attorney
Polk County Sheriff's Office
1891 Jim Keene Blvd
Winter Haven, Florida 33880
jreuter@polksheriff.org<mailto:jreuter@polksheriff.org>
863-298-6339, Office
863-298-6334, Fax

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Please note that Florida has a broad public records law, and that all correspondence to me via email may be subject to disclosure.

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