Draft police department wireless mesh surveillance network policy

Phil Mocek filed this request with the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA.
Tracking # P2013-3570
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From: Phil Mocek

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

Draft wireless mesh surveillance network policy, all previous drafts of that policy, along with associated metadata.

On Friday, October 8, 2013, at approximately 8:00 a.m., in response to [my claim][1] that Seattle Police Department have been in perpetual violation of SMC 14.18.40 for the past six months, Sean Whitcomb of SPD [wrote to me via Twitter][1] that SPD staff "hope to make the draft policy available soon." and that the draft policy was at that time "currently under review by the City Attorney's Office." Responsive records should include but not be limited to the draft policy to which Mr. Whitcomb referred.

This morning, [I communicated][3] to Mr. Whitcomb a request pursuant to the Public Records Act for the aforementioned records. At his request, I am now reiterating my request for those records.

[1]: <https://twitter.com/pmocek/status/398839014343458817>
[2]: <https://twitter.com/SeattlePD/status/398848198204088320>
[3]: <https://twitter.com/pmocek/status/398850396711833600>
[4]: <https://twitter.com/SeattlePD/status/398851835311575042>

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. 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 fees cannot be waived, 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,

Phil Mocek

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2013-3570

Dear Mr. Phil Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated November 8, 2013 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on November 8, 2013 for Draft wireless mesh surveillance network policy, all previous drafts of that policy, along with associated metadata.

Pursuant to RCW 42.56.520, this is notification that we have received your public disclosure request, and we anticipate it may take up to 5 weeks from the date of this notification to respond. Therefore we anticipate a response to you on or about December 20, 2013.

This additional time is used to research this request, collect responsive records, and/or prepare records for dissemination. Please note: Seattle Police Department currently receives approximately 5,000 public disclosure requests annually.

If you have any questions or need further assistance with this request, please contact the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,

Jim Pugel
Chief of Police

Rodger Stephenson
Admin Specialist II
Public Disclosure Unit

JP:rs

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 8, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #P2013-3570.

Thank you for your help.

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

As stated in our previous correspondence we have a response to you on or about December 20, 2013.

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2013-3570

Dear Mr. Phil Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated November 8, 2013 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on November 8, 2013 for Draft wireless mesh surveillance network policy, all previous drafts of that policy, along with associated metadata.

Pursuant to RCW 42.56.520, this is notification that we have received your public disclosure request, and we anticipate it may take up to 8 weeks from the date of this notification to respond. Therefore we anticipate a response to you on or about February 4, 2014.

This additional time is used to research this request, collect responsive records, and/or prepare records for dissemination. Please note: Seattle Police Department currently receives approximately 5,000 public disclosure requests annually.

If you have any questions or need further assistance with this request, please contact the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,

Jim Pugel
Chief of Police

Rodger Stephenson
Admin Specialist II
Public Disclosure Unit

JP:rs

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 8, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #P2013-3570.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 8, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #P2013-3570.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 8, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #P2013-3570.

Thank you for your help.

From: Voegele, Bonnie

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2013-3570

Dear Mr. Phil Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated November 8, 2013 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on November 8, 2013 for Draft wireless mesh surveillance network policy, all previous drafts of that policy, along with associated metadata.

The Wireless Mesh Camera Policy has not yet been approved; however attached please find the first installment of responsive records. This installment includes a draft of the Wireless Mesh Camera policy, which was presented 07-11-2013.

We anticipate a response to your 2nd installment on or about March 7, 2014.

This additional time is used to research this request, collect responsive records, and/or prepare records for dissemination.

If you have any further questions please call the Public Disclosure Desk at (206) 684-5481.

Sincerely,

Harry Bailey

Interim Chief of Police

Bonnie Voegele

Records Manager

HB/bv

From: Phil Mocek

RE: My public records request of November 8, 2014 (your identifier: P2013-3570)

Dear Ms. Voegele:

I received your e-mail of February 4, 2014, this afternoon. In it, you provided a single file, 52 KB, MD5 checksum c04eda0648584b2955de93bda09e6f7d, which you described as "a draft of the Wireless Mesh Camera policy, which was presented 07-11-2013." Presumably, this is the draft policy regarding use of Seattle Police Department's wireless mesh surveillance network that your department was required by law (SMC 14.18.40) to provide to Seattle City Council in late April of last year.

It has taken three months for your department to e-mail me a copy of a document that was publicly acknowledged to exist by Sean Whitcomb of SPD the day I requested it (Friday, November 8, 2013). This is an unacceptable delay. I suspect it took approximately ten minutes for you to contact Paul McDonaugh, ask him to e-mail the document to you, then to e-mail it on to me. Maybe it took 15 minutes if you had to call Mr. Whitcomb to find out where to go for the document he referenced.

Approximately how much time was spent each week during the past three months researching, collecting, and preparing my request? Who performed this work?

In your e-mail today you noted that this draft policy was presented on July 11, 2014. Where did this presentation occur? Who presented the record? To whom was it presented?

You referred to this as a first installment and stated that the second is to follow in another month. What records remain, and what work do you anticipate happening on your part while I await the second installment?

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

From: Voegele, Bonnie

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2013-3570

Dear Mr. Phil Mocek,

This letter is in further response to your public disclosure request dated November 8, 2013 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on November 8, 2013 for Draft wireless mesh surveillance network policy, all previous drafts of that policy, along with associated metadata.

The previously released copy was shared with the ACLU on July 11, 2013. We are in the process of gathering approximately 21 additional drafts and hope to have a response to you with your next installment on or about March 28, 2014.

This additional time is used to research this request, collect responsive records, and/or prepare records for dissemination.

If you have any further questions please call the Public Disclosure Desk at (206) 684-5481.

Sincerely,

Harry Bailey

Interim Chief of Police

Bonnie Voegele

Records Manager

HB/bv

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2013-3570

Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated November 8, 2013 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on November 8, 2013 for Draft wireless mesh surveillance network policy, all previous drafts of that policy, along with associated metadata.

Please find the attached responsive records. Four of the documents required redactions; attached is an exemption log for those four records.

You may file a written appeal with the Chief of Police within ten (10) business days from the date of this letter. Please include your name and address and a copy of this letter together with a brief statement identifying the basis of the appeal. Please mail or deliver your appeal to:

Chief of Police
Seattle Police Department
PO Box 34986
Seattle, WA 98124-4986

This concludes the Seattle Police Department’s response to your request.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,

Harry Bailey

Interim Chief of Police

Bonnie Voegele

Records Manager

HB/bv

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