Police training on political ideology

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:

All schedules, attendance records, printed or electronic training materials (handouts, manuals, videos presented or recorded, etc.) for all training attended by Seattle Police Department staff during the past five years regarding specific political ideologies. This should include but not be limited to those records related to the "training regarding anarchism" Rik Hall of the Seattle Police Department claimed to have attended during his assignment as detective in the sworn declaration in support of subpoena duces tecum submitted to KOMO-TV, KING-TV, KIRO-TV, KCPQ-TV, the Seattle Times, and the Seattle Post Intelligencer that Mr. Hall signed under penalty of perjury on May 7, 2012.

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.


Phil Mocek

From: "SPD-PDR, SPD" <spdpdr@seattle.gov>

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2012-1508

Dear Mr. Phil Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 11, 2012 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on May 11, 2012 for training information on anarchism. We still need additional time to research and respond to your request. We anticipate a response to you on or about July 20, 2012.

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 and City-wide budget cuts requires this additional time.

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



PDR # P2012-1508

Mr. Mocek:

This email is in further response to your public disclosure request dated May 11, 2012 for "training information on anarchism". A copy of your original request and our correspondence is attached. The Department has completed a search of the training unit records and has contacted Officer Hall to see if he had any responsive records. The Department did not find any responsive records to your request. Attached please find a copy of Officer Hall's Department training record. Officer Hall's employee number has been redacted pursuant to the following exemption:
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.

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

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.

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