Recent Seattle Shield membership application approvals and denials

Phil Mocek filed this request with the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA.
Tracking # P2013-1710
Est. Completion None
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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:

* most recent 10 applications for membership in Seattle Shield program that were approved
* most recent 10 applications for membership in Seattle Shield program that were denied
* all outstanding applications for membership in Seattle Shield program (i.e., those that have been received by SPD but neither approved nor denied)

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 # P2013-1710

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 29, 2013 for:
* most recent 10 applications for membership in Seattle Shield program that were approved
* most recent 10 applications for membership in Seattle Shield program that were denied
* all outstanding applications for membership in Seattle Shield program (i.e., those that have been received by SPD but neither approved nor denied)

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

Tracy Whitlatch
Administrative Specialist II
Public Disclosure Unit

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2013-1710

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 29, 2013 for:
* most recent 10 applications for membership in Seattle Shield program that were approved
* most recent 10 applications for membership in Seattle Shield program that were denied
* all outstanding applications for membership in Seattle Shield program (i.e., those that have been received by SPD but neither approved nor denied)

We still need additional time and we anticipate a response to you on or about August 9, 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

Tracy Whitlatch
Administrative Specialist II
Public Disclosure Unit

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2013-1710

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 29, 2013 for:
* most recent 10 applications for membership in Seattle Shield program that were approved
* most recent 10 applications for membership in Seattle Shield program that were denied
* all outstanding applications for membership in Seattle Shield program (i.e., those that have been received by SPD but neither approved nor denied)

We still need additional time and we anticipate a response to you on or about September 13, 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

Tracy Whitlatch
Administrative 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 29, 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 #P2013-1710.

Thank you for your help.

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2013-1710

Dear Mr. Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated May 29, 2013 for:

* most recent 10 applications for membership in Seattle Shield program that were approved

* most recent 10 applications for membership in Seattle Shield program that were denied

* all outstanding applications for membership in Seattle Shield program (i.e., those that have been received by SPD but neither approved nor denied)

SPD has no responsive records to your request. There is no physical application completed.

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 Seattle Police Department’s response to your request.

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

From: Phil Mocek

RE: my public records request of May 29, 2013 (your identifier: P2013-1710)

Dear Sir or Madam:

In the e-mailed response I received from you dated August 29, 2013, Chief of Police Jim Pugel wrote, "SPD has no responsive records to your request. There is no physical application completed." I did not request any "physical application." Please provide responsive records created via all application methods, including but not limited to submission of the Web-based [membership application form][1] which is supplied when one follows the "APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP" link on the [Seattle Shield homepage][2]. It seems likely that such submissions result in generation of an e-mail or of a record that is available for your staff to view on the same website. In case these records exist only as electronic records "in" the website, images of the relevant pages, including URLs, are acceptable.

[1]: <http://seattleshield.org/default.aspx?menuitemid=153&menugroup=PublicHome>
[2]: <http://seattleshield.org>

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

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 29, 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 #P2013-1710.

Thank you for your help.

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

We anticipate a response to your request on or about October 8, 2013

Bonnie Voegele, Records Manager
206.684.5446

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 29, 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 #P2013-1710.

Thank you for your help.

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

On Sept. 16, 2013:

We anticipate a response to your request on or about October 8, 2013

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 29, 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 #P2013-1710.

Thank you for your help.

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

We anticipate a response to your request on or about November 4, 2013

From: Phil Mocek

RE: my public records request of May 29, 2013 (your identifier: P2013-1710)

Dear Ms. Whitlach:

I received your new estimated date of response of November 4, 2013. What about processing of my request has changed since you estimated on October 2 that you would respond on or about October 8? From my perspective, it appears that you are simply stalling, and pulling estimated dates of action out of thin air. I suspect someone could go into your computer system, click, click, click, and either print out or e-mail to me the applications. it would take less time than you have surely spent sending repeated e-mails announcing further delay.

It has been more than four months since I filed this simple request. Approximately how much time is spent each week processing my request?

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

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 29, 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 #P2013-1710.

Thank you for your help.

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

As stated on October 17, 2013, we anticipate a response on or about November 4, 2013.

From: Phil Mocek

RE: my public records request of May 29, 2013 (your identifier: P2013-1710)

Dear Ms. Whitlach:

I asked by e-mail on October 17 how much time is regularly spent processing my request. Could you please provide that estimate?

The public should be allowed to know with whom SPD are willing to share information via the Seattle Shield program. Qualifications for membership are not listed on the Seattle Shield website. I am very curious if membership is ever denied, and if so, to whom it is denied. In an effort to minimize the burden of my request, I asked for a small sample of approved and denied membership applications instead of all of them, but it has been five months, and you still have not provided the records. I'm puzzled by the delay.

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

Mr Mocek:

This correspondence is in response to your public disclosure request for more information in regards to your original request dated May 29, 2013 for: Seattle Shield membership information.

Additional research has confirmed that there are no responsive records to your request for Applications for membership, as no records are created as a result of the application process. The names appear temporarily on the computer screen and once reviewed there are not printed out or retained electronically. Additionally there are no emails involved in this process.

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,

Jim Pugel
Chief of Police

Bonnie Voegele
Records Manager

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