Operation Crosstown Traffic incident reports and arrest warrants

Phil Mocek filed this request with the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA.
Tracking # 15-3574
Status
Completed

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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:

Incident reports (general offense reports) and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the "9½ Block Initiative."

This Seattle Police Department operation has been widely reported along with the fact that more than 100 related arrests were made (e.g., "100 drug arrests kick off new push against downtown crime," by Jennifer Sullivan, Seattle Times, April 23, 2015, <http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/90-drug-arrests-kick-off-new-push-against-downtown-street-crime/>; "The Police Crackdown on Downtown Seattle Crime Looks Like a Continuation of the Failed War on Drugs," by Ansel Herz, The Stranger, April 24, 2015, <https://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/04/24/22108336/the-police-crackdown-on-downtown-seattle-crime-looks-like-a-continuation-of-the-failed-war-on-drugs>; "SPD, FBI Target 3rd and Pine Drug Market In Operation Crosstown Traffic", Seattle Police Department Public Affairs, SPD Blotter, April 23, 2015, <http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2015/04/23/spd-fbi-target-3rd-and-pine-drug-market-in-operation-crosstown-traffic/>; etc.)

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 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 # P2015-3574

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic.

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 4 weeks from the date of this notification to respond. Therefore we anticipate a response to you on or about June 9, 2015.

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 4,000 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,

Kathleen M. O’Toole
Chief of Police

Ann Hill
Admin Specialist II
Public Disclosure Unit

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 May 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #P2015-3574.

Thank you for your help.

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

June 9, 2015

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 – 1st Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative. Enclosed please find a copy of the first installment of records you requested.

We need additional time to research and process records related to your request and expect to respond with the second installment on or about August 11, 2015.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: Mash, Elizabeth

June 30, 2015

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 2nd Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative. Enclosed please find a copy of the second installment of records you requested.

We need additional time to research and process records related to your request and expect to respond with the third installment on or about August 11, 2015.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: Mash, Elizabeth

August 12, 2015

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 3rd Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative. Enclosed please find a copy of the second installment of records you requested.

We need additional time to research and process records related to your request and expect to respond with the fourth installment on or about October 12, 2015.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: Mash, Elizabeth

October 11, 2015

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 4th Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative. Enclosed please find a copy of the fourth installment of records you requested.

We need additional time to process records related to your request and expect to respond with the fifth installment on or about December 14, 2015.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: Mash, Elizabeth

December 15, 2015

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This email is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative.

The purpose of this email is to provide you with a status update regarding your request. We need additional time to process documents related to your request. At this time, the Department anticipates having the fifth installment to you on or about February 3, 2016.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: Phil Mocek

Dear Ms. Mash:

It has now been more than seven months since I requested a batch of records that your staff created over a period of a few days. This delay is unreasonable.

On October 11, you estimated that a next (fifth) installment of records would be available to me on December 14--two additional months. You did not provide those records to me between October 11 and December 14. On December 15, you e-mailed with an estimate that it would take you almost two additional months, until February 3, to provide an additional installment. You provided no explanation for the additional delay or for the wide disparity in estimates of time required to complete an unspecified amount of work.

Can you please tell me what changed, causing two months of work to become four months' worth? Can you please tell me why you did not simply provide a smaller installment this week, simply providing me with whatever you accomplished in the past two months?

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

From: Mash, Elizabeth

December 20, 2015

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 – 5th Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative. Enclosed please find a copy of the fifth installment of records you requested.

You have complained that the delay in responding to your request for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative is unreasonable. Specifically, you ask what had changed what changed since October 11, resulting in SPD revising its estimate it would take to provide the fifth installment of responsive records from two to four months.

The Public Records Act gives agencies latitude to estimate how long it will take to provide the records so long as the estimated response time is reasonable. One factor in determining a reasonable time estimate is the workload of the agency including other requests it is processing. SPD has had to recalculate its estimate of time in responding to your request because SPD’s Public Disclosure Unit (PDU) is currently handling an unprecedented workload. SPD has received 7,386 public records requests this calendar year. It currently is processing a backlog of 563 of open requests. Since October 11, 2015, SPD has received approximately 1,051 requests. Many of these requests are exceptionally broad and complex requiring an extraordinary level of effort. SPD has provided you four installments of records responsive to the May 5th request, and it is processing nine additional requests that you submitted since then. We regret that you are unhappy about the revised estimate. It is, nonetheless, reasonable.

We need additional time to process records related to your request and expect to respond with the sixth installment on or about February 3, 2016.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: Mash, Elizabeth

February 3, 2016

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 6th Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative. Enclosed please find a copy of the sixth installment of records you requested.

We need additional time to process records related to your request and expect to respond with the seventh installment on or about March 9, 2016.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: Mash, Elizabeth

March 9, 2016

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 7th Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative. Enclosed please find a copy of the seventh installment of records you requested.

We need additional time to process records related to your request and expect to respond with the eighth installment on or about April 27, 2016.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: Mash, Elizabeth

April 25, 2016

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 8th Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

The eighth installment of your request for copies of public records has been processed and the responsive records are ready for pickup at the Public Request Unit counter, 1st floor of the Seattle Police Headquarters, 610 Fifth Ave. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM.

The copying fees for your request are $ 1.00 (Records on CD)

Please retrieve the records within 30 days or by May 25, 2016. If the records are not retrieved by that date we will consider the public disclosure request closed.

If you are unable to pick up this request, you may give another person written permission to pick up your request. The person who picks up the request will be asked to show pictured ID in order to receive the responsive record. If at all possible, please bring a copy of this letter with you.

If you are unable to pick up your request, please send a check made payable to the City of Seattle for $ 1.60 (to cover the copying fee and postage) with a copy of this letter to the following address: 610 Fifth Avenue, PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA 98124-4986.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $1.60 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Seattle Police Department

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Seattle Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Mash, Elizabeth

May 24, 2016

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 9th Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

The ninth installment of your request for copies of public records has been processed and the responsive records are ready for pickup at the Public Request Unit counter, 1st floor of the Seattle Police Headquarters, 610 Fifth Ave. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM.

The copying fees for your request are $ 1.00 (Records on CD)

Please retrieve the records within 30 days or by June 24, 2016. If the records are not retrieved by that date we will consider the public disclosure request closed.

If you are unable to pick up this request, you may give another person written permission to pick up your request. The person who picks up the request will be asked to show pictured ID in order to receive the responsive record. If at all possible, please bring a copy of this letter with you.

If you are unable to pick up your request, please send a check made payable to the City of Seattle for $ 1.60 (to cover the copying fee and postage) with a copy of this letter to the following address: 610 Fifth Avenue, PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA 98124-4986.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $1.60 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Seattle Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Seattle Police Department

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Mash, Elizabeth

Dear Mr. Mocek,

We received your late payment for the 9th installment last week and will re-open the request as a courtesy. We expect to respond with the 10th installment on or about August 10, 2016.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit
Seattle Police Department

From: Mash, Elizabeth

August 10, 2016

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 10th Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

The 10th installment of your request for copies of public records has been processed and the responsive records are ready for pickup at the Public Request Unit counter, 1st floor of the Seattle Police Headquarters, 610 Fifth Ave. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM.

The copying fees for your request are $ 1.00 (Records on CD)

Please retrieve the records within 30 days or by September 10, 2016. If the records are not retrieved by that date we will consider the public disclosure request closed.

If you are unable to pick up this request, you may give another person written permission to pick up your request. The person who picks up the request will be asked to show pictured ID in order to receive the responsive record. If at all possible, please bring a copy of this letter with you.

If you are unable to pick up your request, please send a check made payable to the City of Seattle for $ 1.60 (to cover the copying fee and postage) with a copy of this letter to the following address: 610 Fifth Avenue, PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA 98124-4986.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: MuckRock.com


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $1.60 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Mash, Elizabeth

The letter enclosed with the 10th installment indicates a date of September 21, 2016 for the next installment.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Mash

From: Seattle Police Department

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Seattle Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Mash, Elizabeth

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This email is to provide with an update regarding Public Disclosure Request number 15-3574 for records related to Operation Crosstown Traffic. The Department needs additional time to respond and provide the 11th installment of records. At this time we anticipate a response on or about October 5, 2016.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit
Seattle Police Department

From: Mash, Elizabeth

October 5, 2016

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 11th Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This email is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative. Attached please find a copy of the 11th installment of records you requested. As a courtesy we have waived our normal fees for this installment.

We need additional time to process records related to your request and expect to respond with the 12th installment on or about November 16, 2016.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: Mash, Elizabeth

November 16, 2016

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 12th Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This email is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative. Attached please find a copy of the 12th installment of records you requested. As a courtesy we have waived our normal fees for this installment.

We need additional time to process records related to your request and expect to respond with the 13th installment on or about January 4, 2017.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: Mash, Elizabeth

January 4, 2017

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 13th Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This email is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 5, 2015 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on May 5, 2015 for all incident reports and arrest warrants for all arrests made related to Operation Crosstown Traffic and the 9 ½ Block Initiative. Attached please find a copy of the 13th installment of records you requested. As a courtesy we have waived our normal fees for this installment.

We need additional time to process records related to your request and expect to respond with the 14th installment on or about February 28, 2017.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: Mash, Elizabeth

February 27, 2017

Phil Mocek
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: Operation Crosstown Traffic
PDR #15-3574 - 14th / Final Installment

Dear Mr. Mocek,

The 14th and final installment of your request for copies of public records has been processed and the responsive records are ready for pickup at the Public Request Unit counter, 1st floor of the Seattle Police Headquarters, 610 Fifth Ave. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM.

The copying fee for your request is $ 1.00 (Records on CD)

If you are unable to pick up this request, you may give another person written permission to pick up your request. The person who picks up the request will be asked to show pictured ID in order to receive the responsive record. If at all possible, please bring a copy of this letter with you.

If you are unable to pick up your request, please send a check made payable to the City of Seattle for $ 1.40 (to cover the copying fee and postage) with a copy of this letter to the following address: 610 Fifth Avenue, PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA 98124-4986.

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

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

From: MuckRock.com


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $1.60 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Mash, Elizabeth

Dear Mr. Mocek,

According to my records and the email I sent you (below), I completed the 14th and final installment on 2/27/17 and put it in will call at SPD Headquarters, awaiting payment.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit
Seattle Police Department

From: Seattle Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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