San Francisco, California: Larceny from motor vehicle reports

Brian Freskos filed this request with the San Francisco Police Department of San Francisco, CA.
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From: SFPDMediaRelations, (POL)

Dear Mr. Hallman,

SFPD have a new PRA request system. Please refer to the link attached.

Thank You.

http://sanfranciscopolice.org/publicrecordsrequest

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From: Ben Hallman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), I hereby request the following records:

Police reports for every motor vehicle break-in and/or larceny from a motor vehicle that occurred in 2015. I want to determine how many vehicle break-ins occurred in your jurisdiction and basic information about each, including what, if anything, was stolen.

I want to see all the information contained in each police report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each crime; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; victims' names, ages, addresses and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Hallman

From: Andraychak, Michael (POL)

Mr. Hallman,

Your PRA request will be manually entered into the SFPD Gov-QA system. However, in order to assign it to the appropriate unit within the Department, can you please advise if you are a journalist (and if this request is for journalistic purposes) and your employer or for whom you are preparing your story. Request from journalists are handled by the Media Relations Unit.

If you are not a journalist, please let us know and your request will be assigned to the Legal Division. Either way, we will process your request. THis just helps with the division of labor.
Thanks,

Sgt. Michael Andraychak #457

Officer in Charge, Media Relations Unit

San Francisco Police Department

1245 - 3rd Street, 6th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94158

(415) 837-7395

From: San Francisco Police Records Portal

Dear Ben:

Thank you for your interest in public records of the San Francisco Police Department ("SFPD").

The San Francisco Police Department ("SFPD") received your Public Records request, dated August 03, 2016 and given the reference number P001298-080316 for tracking purposes.

Record(s) Requested: July 21, 2016 RECEIVED VIA US MAIL 8/03/2016 San Francisco Police Department San Francisco Police Department Public Records Officer, Media Relations 1245 3rd Street San Francisco, CA 94158To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), I hereby request the following records:Police reports for every motor vehicle break-in and/or larceny from a motor vehicle that occurred in 2015. I want to determine how many vehicle break-ins occurred in your jurisdiction and basic information about each, including what, if anything, was stolen.I want to see all the information contained in each police report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each crime; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; victims' names, ages, addresses and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.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 calendar days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Ben Hallman

Your request is being forwarded to the appropriate department(s) for processing and you will be notified once the request is complete.  The request will be deemed received after the San Francisco Police Department responds back to your request within the next business day through the San Francisco Public Records Center or by email.  Generally, the Department has 10 calendar days to respond to a request to inspect or receive copies of records. In certain circumstances, the Department may extend its time to respond by an additional 14 calendar days.

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi Sgt. Andraychak,

I am a journalist with The Trace. See our website at TheTrace.org. We are working on this project in coordination with The Guardian.

We use this MuckRock system to file public records requests because it allows to more easily track the hundreds of requests that we have out at any one time.

Actually, I had tried to call you a couple of times a couple of weeks ago for this story but you were out of town. Do you have a minute for a phone call to talk about guns stolen from cars?

From: Andraychak, Michael (POL)

Ben,

I think Officer Gatpandan is working on something for you. In fact, I think you have multiple requests in to us? If they are all the same story/topic it would be extremely helpful to consolidate and work on one request.

As for this request, we should be able to provide total number of auto burglary reports as well as the number of arrests made for auto burglary.

With respect to providing copies of actual police reports, that process is much more complicated. We must first print a log of all relevant case numbers, then pull those reports. Each report must be researched to determine if the case is open or closed. This involves checking with inspectors who could be assigned to one of ten district stations or a specialized unit and then checking in with the District Attorney's Office on any of those cases in which a suspect is known or charged. Those reports which may be approved for release must then be redacted. In California, victims, witnesses, reporting parties, juveniles and owners of auto mobiles are entitled to confidentiality. You would receive reports on a "rolling basis" and not all at once.

Please consider this as it relates to your project/story and time lines.

Sgt. Michael Andraychak #457

Officer in Charge, Media Relations Unit

San Francisco Police Department

1245 - 3rd Street, 6th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94158

(415) 837-7395

From: Ben Hallman

Hi yes, we have two requests asking for four things:

1) Police reports for auto burglaries in which a firearm was stolen in 2015. (Given that this will take a long time to fulfill and we won't get the victims' information, I'd like to narrow this to request just a small, random sample of five reports from 2015. However, will you provide a number for how many auto burglaries you had where a firearm was stolen?)

2) The number of auto burglaries in 2015.

3) The number of firearms stolen from all sources (residences, businesses, cars, etc.) in 2015.

4) the number of firearms stolen just from cars in 2015. (In the first bullet point, I'm asking for the number of incidents. For this bullet point, I'd like to get the number of firearms stolen, as some incidents can result in multiple firearms being stolen).

Also, can we chat about stolen guns? I know your city has done a lot to address this problem in recent years.

From: Andraychak, Michael (POL)

Ben,

Officer Gatpandan is working on this.. I'll have her reach out to you.

Sgt. Michael Andraychak #457

Officer in Charge, Media Relations Unit

San Francisco Police Department

1245 - 3rd Street, 6th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94158

(415) 837-7395

From: Ben Hallman

Great thanks!

If you could, have her email or call our reporter Brian Freskos (919) 522-6354, bfreskos@thetrace.org

He's the one who'll be writing this story.

From: San Francisco Police Records Portal

Hello,

Unfortunately your email was not recognized and has not been routed accordingly.  Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Description: TO: [sanfranciscopd@mycusthelp.net]August 19, 2016San Francisco Police DepartmentSan Francisco Police DepartmentPublic Records Officer, Media Relations 1245 3rd StreetSan Francisco, CA 94158This is a follow up to a previous request:To Whom It May Concern:I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 21, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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