Local level SAEC polices/data (Portland, Oregon)

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Portland Police Bureau of Portland, OR.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

S067315-042018

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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all statistics, data, reports, audits, policies, and procedures pertaining to the following items regarding sexual assault evidence collection (SAEC) kits (also known as "rape kits") and processing:

• all standard operating procedures regarding the SAEC process

• any written policies or procedures regarding department practices on the acquisition of or handling of rape kit evidence, including protocols for its collection, testing, and delegation and transfer to all other possibly relevant locations, laboratories, or agencies

• the number of kits collected and booked into evidence from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• the number of kits that have been processed by a public or private crime or forensic laboratory or equivalent processing location from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• the number of unprocessed kits in any storage facilities currently under the department’s jurisdiction and control, including those held by medical personnel or at external laboratory locations

• any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in which a kit was collected. Please include all available segregable data.

• all audits involving this agency regarding the collection or backlog of SAEC kits

• all proposed alterations or yet-to-be-implemented changes to the policies and procedures regarding the collection, testing, and use of SAEC kits

If there any questions about this request, please feel free to call us at the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Nason

From: Portland Police Bureau

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From: Portland Police Bureau

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RE:  Police General Records Request of April 20, 2018 Reference#S067315-042018

Dear Vanessa,

This City received a Public Records Request from you on April 20, 2018 for the following:

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Sincerely,

Police Bureau
City of Portland

From: Portland Police Bureau

RE: Police General Records Request of April 20, 2018 Reference # S067315-042018
Dear Vanessa,
The City received a Public Records Request from you on April 20, 2018 for the following: "Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:Any and all statistics, data, reports, audits, policies, and procedures pertaining to the following items regarding sexual assault evidence collection (SAEC) kits (also known as "rape kits") and processing:• all standard operating procedures regarding the SAEC process• any written policies or procedures regarding department practices on the acquisition of or handling of rape kit evidence, including protocols for its collection, testing, and delegation and transfer to all other possibly relevant locations, laboratories, or agencies• the number of kits collected and booked into evidence from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed• the number of kits that have been processed by a public or private crime or forensic laboratory or equivalent processing location from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed• the number of unprocessed kits in any storage facilities currently under the department’s jurisdiction and control, including those held by medical personnel or at external laboratory locations• any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in which a kit was collected. Please include all available segregable data.• all audits involving this agency regarding the collection or backlog of SAEC kits• all proposed alterations or yet-to-be-implemented changes to the policies and procedures regarding the collection, testing, and use of SAEC kitsIf there any questions about this request, please feel free to call us at the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.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 would request your response within ten (10) business days."
You have requested a fee waiver from the City of Portland for the fees associated with your public records request.  The City requests the following information to evaluate your fee waiver request:
1) How do you or your organization intend to use the information?  (Please answer regarding the specific information requested as opposed to speaking generally regarding information on the general topic requested);
2) How will the information benefit the wider public?  (Please explain how this specific information assists the public given the information already provided to the public on this topic);
3) How do you or your organization intend to disseminate the information to the wider public?
Without responses to all 3 of these questions it may be difficult, or even impossible, to assess whether the requested disclosure is in the public interest because it will primarily benefit the public.
Please also bear in mind that the Bureau providing the records must weigh the public's interest in disclosure against the cost to the public of fulfilling the request without reimbursement.  As part of that balancing of interests, the City may consider the volume of the records requested.  Please discuss whether a more narrowly tailored, and thus less expensive, request could equally meet the public interest.
Sincerely,

PPB Queue
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From: Portland Police Bureau

Dear Vanessa:

The City of Portland acknowledges receipt of your Public Records Request.  Your request was received in this office on April 20, 2018 and given the reference number S067315-042018 for tracking purposes.

Record Requested:  Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:Any and all statistics, data, reports, audits, policies, and procedures pertaining to the following items regarding sexual assault evidence collection (SAEC) kits (also known as "rape kits") and processing:• all standard operating procedures regarding the SAEC process• any written policies or procedures regarding department practices on the acquisition of or handling of rape kit evidence, including protocols for its collection, testing, and delegation and transfer to all other possibly relevant locations, laboratories, or agencies• the number of kits collected and booked into evidence from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed• the number of kits that have been processed by a public or private crime or forensic laboratory or equivalent processing location from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed• the number of unprocessed kits in any storage facilities currently under the department’s jurisdiction and control, including those held by medical personnel or at external laboratory locations• any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in which a kit was collected. Please include all available segregable data.• all audits involving this agency regarding the collection or backlog of SAEC kits• all proposed alterations or yet-to-be-implemented changes to the policies and procedures regarding the collection, testing, and use of SAEC kitsIf there any questions about this request, please feel free to call us at the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

At this time, the City is uncertain whether it is the custodian of the requested record.  The City will review your request to determine if it has responsive records.  The City will then gather an estimate of the costs to provide copies of requested public records for which the City does not claim an exemption from disclosure.  The City is permitted to charge its actual costs to provide records.  Fees include research time to locate and analyze the requested records, even if no records are located or if the requested records are determined to be exempt from disclosure.

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