law enforcement trip to israel (Portland Police Department)

Leila Young filed this request with the Portland Police Department of Portland, ME.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Leila Young


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act, I hereby request the following records:

Emails and email attachments that fit the following criteria:

1) Sent or received between March 1st, 2018, and the latest possible date (i.e. today's date October 10th, 2018, or the latest possible date available in the email system, as the systems are often up to a month behind)

2) Between email addresses associated with the law enforcement department to which this request is addressed and one (or all) of the these three addresses: jstuckey@adl.org, taliab@adl.org, rtrestan@adl.org

3) Containing in the subject line or body of the message or attachment one or more of the following search terms:

'Israel' 

'NECTS' 


'New England Counter-Terrorism Seminar'

'New England Counter-Terrorism Session'
'Counter-Terrorism Seminar'
'Counter-Terrorism Session'

The emails and/or attachments are likely to include, but are not limited to:
—Participant roster
—Participant booklet
—Program or trip itinerary
—Travel and accommodation information

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.

Sincerely,

Leila Young

From: Portland Police Department

October 11, 2018

Ms. Young:

This email is to acknowledge our receipt of your recent Maine Freedom of
Access request.

We are reviewing your request and working on identifying the
non-confidential information requested. To the extent the documents you
requested are confidential, we reserve the right to deny your request in
whole or in part. Once we have gathered the non-confidential documents, we
will make arrangements to get you the information either digitally or in
hard copy.

We will also include an invoice, if applicable, for the reasonable costs of
copying and $15 per hour, after the first hour, for the time involved in
searching for, retrieving and compiling the requested information as we are
entitled to under 1 M.R.S.A. § 408-A.

If you are unwilling to pay the costs of fulfilling this request, please
let me know. We will not begin compiling the information until I hear from
you.

Thank you,

Beth Poliquin
Police Attorney

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Notice: Under Maine law, documents - including e-mails - in the possession
of public officials or city employees about government business may be
classified as public records. There are very few exceptions. As a result,
please be advised that what is written in an e-mail could be released to
the public and/or the media if requested.

From: Portland Police Department

A response was sent to you on 10/11/18.

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Notice: Under Maine law, documents - including e-mails - in the possession
of public officials or city employees about government business may be
classified as public records. There are very few exceptions. As a result,
please be advised that what is written in an e-mail could be released to
the public and/or the media if requested.

From: Leila Young

Hi there,

Please let me know when I might expect to receive an update the status of my request.

Thank you,

Leila

From: Portland Police Department

Are you prepared to pay the reasonable costs of
copying and $15 per hour, after the first hour, for the time involved in
searching for, retrieving and compiling the requested information?

--
Notice: Under Maine law, documents - including e-mails - in the possession
of public officials or city employees about government business may be
classified as public records. There are very few exceptions. As a result,
please be advised that what is written in an e-mail could be released to
the public and/or the media if requested.

From: Leila Young

Hi there,

Thank you for your message. I requested the documents in digital format such as e-mail, dropbox, or CD therefore there shouldn't be copying fees. Can you please confirm this?

From: Portland Police Department

That's not correct. The documents will need to be searched for, identified
and reviewed, redacted if necessary, and then scanned to send them to you
electronically. So, there will be a cost at the statutory rate of $15.00
per hour.

--
Notice: Under Maine law, documents - including e-mails - in the possession
of public officials or city employees about government business may be
classified as public records. There are very few exceptions. As a result,
please be advised that what is written in an e-mail could be released to
the public and/or the media if requested.

From: Leila Young

Thanks for that info. Are you able to provide me with a rough estimate of how many hours the search will take? I'm concerned about agreeing to pay the fees without having any sense at all of how much I'll be paying in the end.

From: Leila Young

Dear Beth Poliquin,

I wanted to follow up on this request for the documents. I appreciate your clarification about the $15 per hour after the first hour. This seems reasonable rate, I was just wondering if we had an average estimation about how long these take. I am sure you could understand not wanting to be on the line for a very expensive bill because we would hate to be in a place where we couldn't pay the workers for their time and effort.

Any additional information you could offer would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

Leila

From: Portland Police Department

Hi Ms. Young. A response to your FOAA request is attached. There is no
charge for the information provided. I'm sorry that this has taken awhile
to resolve. Thank you for your patience. Beth

--
Notice: Under Maine law, documents - including e-mails - in the possession
of public officials or city employees about government business may be
classified as public records. There are very few exceptions. As a result,
please be advised that what is written in an e-mail could be released to
the public and/or the media if requested.

From: Leila Young

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Leila Young

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