Inventory of police department mobile phones

Phil Mocek filed this request with the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA.
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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:

Inventory of mobile phones owned, leased, or otherwise operated by the department, most recent month's billing statement from applicable mobile carriers, and all associated metadata.

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, 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.


Phil Mocek


RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2013-1889

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated June 12, 2013 for records of mobile phone billing, information and metadata.

Pursuant to RCW 42.56.520, this is notification that we have received your public disclosure request. We anticipate a response to you on or about August 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.


Jim Pugel
Chief of Police

Tracy Whitlatch
Administrative Specialist II
Public Disclosure Unit


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.


Mr. Mocek,

As stated below...
We anticipate a response to you on or about August 20, 2013. Therefore, you should receive a response from the processor shortly.


PDR # P2013-1889

Mr. Mocek,

This email is in further response to your public disclosure request for "an inventory of mobile phones owned, leased or otherwise operated by the department, most recent month's billing statement from applicable mobile carriers, and all associated metadata." A copy of our prior correspondence is attached.

A CD with the information requested is now available at the Public Request Unit front counter, 1st floor of Seattle Police Department Headquarters, 610 5th Ave. Their hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The CD contains the May 2013 report. It includes names, device numbers, total charges, wireless carriers and types of devices. The cell phones and internal use only numbers have been redacted from the report. The compiled list of operational cell phone numbers of SPD officers and internal only use phone numbers is exempt from disclosure under RCW 42.56.240(1), which exempts specific intelligence information and specific investigative records compiled by investigative, law enforcement, and penology agencies, and state agencies vested with the responsibility to discipline members of any profession, the nondisclosure of which is essential to effective law enforcement or for the protection of any person's right to privacy and RCW 42.56.420(4), which exempts information regarding the infrastructure and security of computer and telecommunications networks, consisting of security passwords, security access codes and programs, access codes for secure software applications, security and service recovery plans, security risk assessments, and security test results are exempt to the extent that they identify specific system vulnerabilities. Explanation: Unauthorized access to the information could disrupt police operations, negatively affect police investigations, endanger citizens/law enforcement personnel, result in theft, fraud or other criminal activity, and expose law enforcement personnel to harassment.

The fee for the request is $1.00 for 1 CD @ $1.00/CD.

If you are unable to pick up your request, please send a check payable to the City of Seattle for $1.60 (to cover postage) with a copy of this email to:

Seattle Police Department
Attn: Public Request Unit
PO Box 34986
Seattle, WA 98124-4986

You may file a written appeal of this response 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


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