Shotspotter communications

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Portland Police Bureau of Portland, OR.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

S228280-051522

Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."

2) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."

I ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to further public understanding of government functions and not for any commercial purpose.

In the event that you choose to withhold or redact the records, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation of the statutory and/or case law upon which each rejection or redaction is based.

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.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Portland Police Bureau

RE:  Public Records Request#: S228280-051522

Dear Todd Feathers,

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From: Portland Police Bureau

RE: Police General Records Request of May 15, 2022 Reference # S228280-051522

Dear Todd,


The City received a Public Records Request from you on May 15, 2022 for the following:
"To Whom It May Concern:

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

1) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."

2) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."

I ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to further public understanding of government functions and not for any commercial purpose.

In the event that you choose to withhold or redact the records, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation of the statutory and/or case law upon which each rejection or redaction is based.

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.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

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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?
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Sincerely,


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From: Portland Police Bureau

Dear Todd:

The City of Portland acknowledges receipt of your Public Records Request.  Your request was received in this office on May 15, 2022 and given the reference number S228280-051522 for tracking purposes.

Record Requested:  To Whom It May Concern:

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

1) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."

2) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."

I ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to further public understanding of government functions and not for any commercial purpose.

In the event that you choose to withhold or redact the records, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation of the statutory and/or case law upon which each rejection or redaction is based.

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.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

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From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

Please find my answers to your questions regarding my request for a fee waiver:

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);

I am a journalist employed by The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom with national circulation. I intend to use the requested records to publish articles that further the public's understanding of government functions, in this case, the police bureau's use and/or consideration of a policing tool.

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);

The policing tool in question would be funded by taxpayers and used on citizens of Portland therefore any further information about its use and efficacy will benefit the taxpayers and their elected representatives.

3) How do you or your organization intend to disseminate the information to the wider public?

As previously stated, I'm a journalist employed by The Markup. We will publish articles based on the requested records on our website.

Todd

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