Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports (Princeton Police Department, Princeton)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Princeton Police Department of Princeton[note 1], NJ.
Multi Request Law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency. These include, but are not limited to, all records related to instances in which a weapon was used or discharged.

Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party for the period from January 1, 2010 through the date this request is processed. Responsive materials include those for matters and legal claims resolved prior to the initiation of any litigation.

In particular, materials responsive to this request include all reports, lists, databases, spreadsheets, and other documentation detailing incidents of legal claims or other allegations requiring compensation for claimants, attorneys, or any other party.

If spreadsheets or similar documents are available in response to this request, please provide all segregable data, including but not limited to:

The nature of the claim or legal matter
The claimant and other parties involved
The relevant case and tracking numbers for court and internal systems
The date the lawsuit was served or litigation commenced
The final disposition or current status of the case, including whether a case is still pending
The amount spent to date as a result of the legal engagement
The amount paid to any parties related to the legal claim, including any city payout and any non-monetary compensation

This request is being made by a journalist as part of a journalistic investigation. It is being submitted to your agency because a member of your community requested it be included in our effort. There is no commercial interest in this request, and its submission and the release of materials is in the public interest.

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.

If you have any questions about this request, please contact the email address associated with this request or leave a message at 617-299-1832

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,

Beryl Lipton

From: Princeton Police Department

Good Afternoon,

With regard to your records request. The request will be filled under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (not Iowa as listed in your letter), which requires that the request be specific enough that the department need not analyze documents to determine whether or not they are responsive to the request. [See MAG Entertainment, LLC v. Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 375 N.J. Super 534 (App. Div. 2005).].

Your request originally asked for "Materials related to and sufficient to show all instances of alleged or actual inappropriate or illegal behavior or actions resulting in compensation or expenditures involving this agency" and then in the next paragraph "Responsive materials include records of all settlements (formal and informal) and payments to which this agency was or is a party." The latter description would seem to include a claim for damage not the result of "inappropriate or illegal behavior" as requested in the aforementioned sentence. Any clarification would be helpful.

All the Best,

[Nicholas K Sutter]

From: Princeton Police Department

Dear Ms. Lipton,
Please see a request for an extension on your OPRA request. Please confirm receipt of email and request.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thank you.
Best,
Delores A. Williams
Municipal Clerk

Princeton Clerk's Office
400 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
609 924-5704

From: Princeton Police Department

Ms. Lipton
Please see attached a request for an extension on your OPRA request. Please confirm receipt of this email and request for an extension of time.

Sincerely,

Delores A. Williams
Municipal Clerk

Princeton Clerk's Office
400 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
609 924-5704

From: Princeton Police Department

Beryl,
In response to your OPRA request for "law enforcement informal and formal settlement data and reports" attached is the information requested. Please be advised that all parties social security numbers, dates of birth and home addresses have been redacted. Under N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1 information concerning individuals as follows is not subject to disclosure: home addresses, home phone numbers or personal e-mail addresses.

Also given the volume, the information will be sent in two parts. Please confirm receipt of both parts. If you do not receive both please advise. Upon receipt of both emails your request will be complete.

Sincerely,

Dawn M. Mount
Deputy Municipal Clerk

Princeton Clerks Office
400 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
609-924-5704

From: Princeton Police Department

Beryl,
Attached is the second and final portion of your request. Your request is now complete.

Sincerely,

Dawn M. Mount
Deputy Municipal Clerk

Princeton Clerks Office
400 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
609-924-5704

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