Firearm Project, San Bernardino, CA

Brian Freskos filed this request with the San Bernardino Police Department of San Bernardino, CA.
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From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am requesting access to and copies of records from your agency. I have broken the request into three parts, each of which details the records that we are seeking. As expressed below, the date range for each part of this request is January 1, 2010 to the present:

1) Detailed information on stolen guns

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen by the citizens they serve. We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction:

-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The serial number, make, model, caliber, type and any other descriptive information for each firearm that was reported stolen

If possible, I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one firearm. If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. If such a spreadsheet is not available, please provide any other records that contain this information.

2) Detailed information about crime guns

Second, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, found at crimes scenes or other incidents, seized during investigations, or otherwise recovered or taken in by officers, including the make, model and serial number of each gun. We are therefore requesting the following:

-- The following records regarding firearms used in crimes in your agency’s jurisdiction, found at crime scenes, seized during investigations or otherwise recovered or taken in by your agency: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime and/or incident from which it was recovered or seized; the police report number for the crime and/or incident; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed and/or the incident occurred. Please include firearms for all offense and incident types, including homicide, robbery, assault, traffic stops, etc.

If your agency maintains a spreadsheet or database containing these records, we ask that you please provide that database. I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case, the same as part 1) “Detailed information about stolen guns.” If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet. If a spreadsheet or database is not available, please release any other records containing the information we seek.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

3) Detailed information on lost, stolen or unaccounted for law enforcement guns

Finally, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that, while owned by the department or under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise unaccounted for. Therefore we request the following:

-- Any and all records of department-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise unaccounted for.

-- If your department does not issue firearms, then we ask for any and all records of firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or otherwise became unaccounted for while under the control and/or in the possession of one of your employees.

The records should include but not be limited to the following:

• The make, model, serial number and caliber of each firearm
• The location and address where the firearm was lost or stolen
• The date of the loss or theft.
• The date the loss or theft was reported
• Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered
• If the lost, stolen or missing firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery
• A description of how the firearm was lost, stolen or went missing
• Whether negligence on the part of the employee is/was suspected in the loss or theft of the firearm
• Whether the employee in control of the firearm retired, was terminated or otherwise left the department, and if so, the date and circumstances of the employee’s departure and whether his or her gun was retrieved and/or recovered.
• Any other individual reports and findings on the individual lost, stolen or missing firearms

The records should include but not be limited to audits, inventory reports, databases, internal reports, memos, internal affairs investigations, emails or other correspondence, and/or any other records.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

Please label each record in a clear manner. As a news organization, we will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public and are not requesting it for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you informed me of the total charges before completing my request. We request that if you send an invoice, you make it out to The Trace.

I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. If standard mail must be used, we ask that you send the request to the following address:

The Trace (at WeWork)
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354

Sincerely,

Brian Freskos

From: Steven Graham

Please find attached documents related to your request for records.

Steven P. Graham
Deputy City Attorney
City of San Bernardino, City Attorney's Office
300 North "D" St., 6th Fl.
San Bernardino, CA 92418
Phone: (909) 384-5355 // Fax: (909) 384-5238
Email: graham_st@sbcity.org<mailto:graham_st@sbcity.org>

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

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

Sincerely,
Brian

From: Brian Freskos

Hi Mr. Graham,

Thank you again for providing the data on firearms. We are currently formatting this data to upload into our system and have a few questions about the Property Recovered From Location column.

First, in the Evidence firearms spreadsheet, there are several cells in the Property Recovered From Location column that say "RECOVERED" followed by a law enforcement agency and a case number. For example, if you look at row 5838, you'll see that the Property Recovered From Location column reads, "RECOVERED: LAS VEGAS METRO # 150912-0309 NOT REPORTED." I'm a little confused. Does this mean that the gun was reported stolen in Las Vegas, and recovered in San Bernardino, or vice versa?

In a few instances, the Property Recovered From Location column includes only an agency and a case number. For example, in row 1157, the column reads," BAKERSFIELD PD #08278875." Does this mean that the firearm listed in that row was reported stolen in Bakersfield, and recovered in San Bernardino?

There are also several firearms that indicate a NIBIN hit in the Property Recovered From Location column. See example in row 5933, which states that the agency got a NIBIN hit from Pomona PD. Does this mean the firearm in this row was also reported stolen in Pomona and recovered in San Bernardino?

I have similar questions about the Stolen Firearms spreadsheet. In row 523, the Property Recovered From Location column reads, "STOLEN: SBPD #15-37000." Is that case number the case number for the theft, or the case number for the recovery?

There are also several cells in the Property Recovered From Location column in the Stolen Firearms spreadsheet that include only an agency and a case number. Is that the agency that recovered the gun, and the case number in which it was recovered?

From: Steven Graham

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Steven P. Graham
Deputy City Attorney
City of San Bernardino, City Attorney’s Office
290 North D St, 3rd Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Office: (909) 384-5355 // Fax: (909) 384-5238
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From: Brian Freskos

Thank you so much!

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