|Submitted||Aug. 21, 2017|
Dear Records Officer,
Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I hereby request the police reports, incident reports, crime reports, arrest reports, or any other material detailing the incidents under the following case numbers:
These are cases involving stolen guns that were recovered as part of a criminal investigation. We identified them through an analysis of data from your department as well as hundreds of other jurisdictions.
Please provide records that include at least the serial number, make, and other descriptive information of the firearm stolen or recovered; the date, time and location of the theft, offense, and/or recovery; a narrative description of the theft, offense, investigation and/or recovery of the firearm(s); the name, age, occupation, and other identifying and contact information for the victim(s), reporting person(s), and any defendant(s) charged; and the text of any charges filed.
I am a reporter with The Trace, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news organization. I am filing this request through MuckRock’s public records request management service, which I use to better track and streamline requests.
As a member of the news media, I will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public; I am not requesting it for commercial purposes.
I would prefer it if you emailed me the documents in a .pdf format. You can email them to me by replying to this message. If you have any trouble communicating with me at this email, you can also email me at my work email address: email@example.com. If you can any questions or concerns, you can email me or call me at (919) 522-6354.
If for any reason the documents must be provided via standard mail, please send them to the following address:
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013
In the event that there are fees, I would appreciate if you informed me of the total estimated charges before completing my request and sent me an invoice outlining the reasons for those charges.
If my request is denied in whole or in part, please cite the applicable statutory exemption.
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.
This message is sent on behalf of James P. Smith.
In order to expedite our searches and responses, and provide better customer service, requests can now be made directly through an online portal at the City of Rochester website.
The online form provides you with instant access to the City’s Records Access Application form, and guides you through the necessary steps to make a request. With each submitted request, you will receive an email receipt letting you know that your request has been received and is being processed. This email will provide you with a reference number that you can use to track your request. You will also be able to create an account that will auto-fill your contact information—a useful feature for frequent requestors.
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James P. Smith
Records Access Officer
City of Rochester
Bureau of Communications
30 Church Street, Rochester NY 14614