|Submitted||June 5, 2013|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:
The full and complete content of every Seattle Police Department Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) investigative file in which the current Assistant Chief, Professional Standards Bureau Commander, Michael A. "Mike" Sanford #4774, was a named officer at any point in the investigation, along with 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 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.
PDR # P2013-1837
This email is in further response to your public disclosure request.
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 August 8, 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 4,000 public disclosure requests annually. The current volume of Public Disclosure Requests combined with SPD staffing.
If you have any questions or need further assistance with this request, please contact the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 5, 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 #P2013-1837.
Thank you for your help.
PDR # P2013-1837
This email is in further response to your public disclosure request dated June 5, 2013. A copy of our prior correspondence is attached.
A search of the OPA/IIS records resulted in three responsive IIS files, SR 11-0438, IIS 12-0234 and SA 12-0144. Total page count is 253 pages.
These records are available at the Public Request Unit front counter, 1st floor of Seattle Police Department Headquarters, 610 5th Ave. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
If you wish to pay for a copy of the file, the amount due is $25.30 for the 253 pages scanned to a CD @ $0.10/page
OR you may come in to Seattle Police Department Headquarters and review the file in the lobby on the first floor during business hours.
The Department has not prepared a detailed exemption log for records because only limited information has been redacted from the responsive records. The information normally provided in an exemption log, such as title, author, recipient, subject, and number of pages, is readily ascertainable by looking at the redacted records. Redactions have been applied throughout the IIS files pursuant to the following exemptions:
Unsubstantiated Employee Investigation: Disclosure of the identity of the subject of an unsubstantiated investigation of an employee would violate that individual's right to privacy. RCW 42.56.230(2). See, Bellevue John Does 1-11 v. Seattle Times, 164 Wn.2d 199, 183 P.3d 139 (2008). See also, Bainbridge Island Police Guild v. City of Puyallup, ___ Wn.2d ___, 259 P.3d 190 (2011) (holding that it would be a violation of privacy to release the identity of a police officer who was the subject of an unsubstantiated internal investigation). Explanation: Releasing the identity of the subject of an unsubstantiated investigation could violate the subject's right to privacy.
Employment Numbers: Disclosing an employment number in conjunction with the employee's name would violate his/her right to privacy. See, Tacoma Public Library v. Woessner, 90 Wn.App. 205, 219, 951 P.2d 357 (1998). Explanation: Disclosure of this information could violate an individual's right to privacy, and could be used for identity theft, fraud or other criminal activity.
Juvenile Records: Record contains information on a juvenile, which is confidential, and may not be released to the public except by court order or written consent under provisions of RCW 13.50.050 (records relating to commission of juvenile offenses) and RCW 13.50.100(3) and/or RCW 13.50.100(4)(a)and(b) (records not relating to commission of juvenile offenses.) Explanation: Agencies are prohibited from disclosing information related to juveniles without a court order or written consent because disclosure is statutorily prohibited and would violate the subject's right to privacy.
Personal Information of Employees/Volunteers: Residential addresses, residential telephone numbers, personal cell phone numbers, personal e-mail addresses, Social Security Numbers, emergency contact information of employees/volunteers of public agencies held by any public agency in personnel records, public employment related records, or volunteer rosters, or are included in any mailing list of employees or volunteers of the agency are exempt under RCW 42.56.250(3). Explanation: Releasing the information could result in invasion of privacy or identity theft. Disclosure of Social Security Numbers is statutorily prohibited by 26 U.S.C. § 6103, another statute under RCW 42.56.070.
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
PO Box 34986
Seattle, WA 98124-4986
Please note: These records will be available for review for 30 days or until September 9, 2013.
This concludes the Department's response to your public disclosure request.
If you have any questions, you can contact our Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.