Search Warrant Data (Seattle Police Department)

Lucy Parsons Labs filed this request with the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA.
Tracking #

P050116-110419

Multi Request Search Warrant Data
Est. Completion April 15, 2020
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Lucy Parsons Labs


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

For all search warrants, applications for search warrants, cancellations, and authorization for search warrants between 2012 to the date of processing this request, please provide the following points of record for each:

Full Name of requester
If arrest, arrest ID (eg some cities/states use, "Incident Report")
Reason(s) for search warrant (typically either hand-written, or checkboxes)
Badge ID (or similar) of requester
District/Unit
Name of Judge
Name of approving officer
Whether an Arrest happened
Requested location of search warrant
Location of search warrant execution
Type of search warrant
Statements used to justify search warrant
Time and date when search warrant was submitted for approval
Time and date when search warrant was executed
Whether anything was seized
Whether anything was found
License plate of vehicle (if relevant)
Race of person for search warrant
Age of person for search warrant
State of person for search warrant
Whether an informant was involved
Method of contact with informant leading to search warrant (eg, phone call, mail, fax, email, etc)
Description of person search warrant executed on
Legal code of violation
Description of violation
Date of violation
If search warrant related to debt: name of company debt is owed to, amount owed
Whether FBI involved
ID associated with FBI document (eg, IR #)
Whether search warrant was cancelled
Whether contraband found
Whether narcotics found

The records responsive to this request are likely available in a database, or in some query-able format. If your department or agency does not have direct access to the records, please raise to the respective department that can run queries directly (eg, through SQL).

Should your agency not have all of the requested records within a single record or document, please provide me the relevant documents that do, even if that requires more than one class of document. Should some of the records be unavailable, please let me know ahead of time so that we can narrow the request accordingly.

As the records responsive to this request are imperative for understanding how search warrants are executed, I ask that the public interest of these records be evaluated to the extent that the public's interest outweighs this request's burden. To add, this request is being sent to the largest city of every state and will be collated together to create a comprehensive map of search warrants throughout the US. As such, the records are not only important for understanding search warrants at a local level, but also at a national and state-wide level.

Please ensure that provided documents comply with Section 508, as these records will be shared with members of the public who are covered under the ADA. This guide should be helpful: https://www.hhs.gov/web/section-508/making-files-accessible/checklist/pdf/index.html

If this request was sent to the wrong department or agency, please let me know so that I can send to the correct place.

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 there are fees, 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,

Lucy Parsons Labs

From: Seattle Police Department

11/04/2019

Lucy Labs
requests@muckrock.com

RE:  Public Disclosure Request#: P050116-110419

Dear Lucy Labs,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request.


The purpose of this correspondence is to provide you a status update.  Your request status is:  Assigned.

If you have any questions, you may send messages using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.


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SPD receives between 6000 and 7000 public records requests annually and is processing between 900 to 1000 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

From: Seattle Police Department

11/12/2019

Lucy Labs
requests@muckrock.com

RE:  Public Disclosure Request#: P050116-110419

Dear Lucy Labs,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request.


The purpose of this correspondence is to provide you a status update.  Your request status is:  Being Researched/Reviewed.

If you have any questions, you may send messages using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.


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SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

From: Seattle Police Department

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11/12/2019

Lucy Labs
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P050116-110419

Dear Lucy Labs,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request received on November 04, 2019.
Pursuant to RCW 42.56.520, this is notification that the Seattle Police Department has received your public disclosure records request and needs additional time to respond.
At this time, we anticipate having a response or a status update to you on or about 1/14/2020.
We are initiating the process of researching your request, collecting responsive records, and/or preparing records for dissemination.
If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Mash
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records. (https://u8387795.ct.sendgrid.net/wf/click?upn=Ow1KccipsoIsnXbuEgm-2FNzSBb89hrFa60YkSOiGQewSoZPqs51S1ZOJR6HvtJY31HMPbZATRtDiaIWA9s7uBp12hY87-2FeDD2Qt7d9tLwRrU-3D_lR5OxtCX4xdsrkmWPNGcIq-2F6vJd-2F-2BKiZ8WcRjwSw2WdwjQFIyU5Ma5-2B7BUp0HdNld4oPj81yIYpGQhmCi1DZeAEyP6xNfKqPo7X3MkQen1I3slLV10aIZcmjpVvliC5Z75LFDzIJ4OiXZNvwJytEYBwpQdCNInj4rglVGa-2BmpBjcfO-2BSZyPE-2B6A07jkSnE0wvzD10V8zivewpbpxbVssUX3aDRwR4mF8ywEmFH0q9B1QihVt9m40yw7AL2-2BRhJN2Ls-2FOaC4DDBVcCiU4yuLrgNiOG-2BGUU2aJvU5XasrepyOd5-2FK33anT8GWZjOJbrL84x5l6IY5-2FRYVS6CX7dyuC9OxiOKKEoxb5y-2FShZZeDEOWDA-2BtGyiO33WWWolG1NrPisfyUdaIux4qHsm5Qb2u1Fg-3D-3D)
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From: Seattle Police Department

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01/14/2020

Lucy Labs
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P050116-110419

Dear Lucy Labs,

The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update regarding your request.
The Seattle Police Department needs additional time to research and respond to your request.  SPD currently has over 1,520 open public disclosure requests, causing significant delays.
At this time, we anticipate having a response/installment to you on or about 2/25/2020.
If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Mash
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records. (https://u8387795.ct.sendgrid.net/wf/click?upn=Ow1KccipsoIsnXbuEgm-2FNzSBb89hrFa60YkSOiGQewSoZPqs51S1ZOJR6HvtJY31HMPbZATRtDiaIWA9s7uBp12hY87-2FeDD2Qt7d9tLwRrU-3D_lR5OxtCX4xdsrkmWPNGcIq-2F6vJd-2F-2BKiZ8WcRjwSw2WdwjQFIyU5Ma5-2B7BUp0HdNld4oPj81yIYpGQhmCi1DZeI7K8h-2BgTVHFMD0g-2Bx3lbnMp36SY8CrIQC1U6RU-2FPT-2FooIlE0sy28kwitztDG2EEkzlUTWwzL-2F9sN235OKEak4tdIDePu27jJsMNz3kpuXUVfHUSkSGuapme75-2F31Kk3Nnyk7sEV3UVWpoaJ7ULFU8eG-2B5oxfSHjthvZLcZahNx-2FgPxmskLQ8DQHLMZ1Jc9OjXUDYrgIy67q9Yt7xFb4-2FggxAIstyk8phdsX0aW-2F6upQyJOeTbUotRT95ulSQhYUpaGEAWaK0p47B8MeXcXajf9S7afVUwS8Q-2BJSMLB508A0hpCW2rbQk69M-2FTGK-2BelR8WxfZm6JJNVyTXc2-2FGJfwbc-3D)
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From: Seattle Police Department

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02/26/2020

Lucy Labs
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P050116-110419

Dear Lucy Labs,

The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update regarding your request.
We have determined our Records Management System databases (Versaterm and Mark43) do not hold the type of data requested.  We will need to conduct keyword searches of our databases and this will take an extensive amount of time due to the expected volume from 2012 to 11/4/2019.
At this time, we anticipate having a response/installment to you on or about 4/15/2020.
If you would like to revise or narrow your request, please let us know.
If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Mash
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

From: Lucy Parsons Labs

Hi - have there been any updates with this request? You've updated this request multiple times, stating that the records would be ready by now, though they haven't. As it stands, this request does not appear to be actively worked on, and the fashion of the responses seem to indicate that there's no intent to. I realize that your agency is busy with these requests, but it would be very helpful if you could provide me with a meaningful update.

Regards,
Matt Chapman

From: Seattle Police Department

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04/15/2020

Lucy Labs
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P050116-110419

Dear Lucy Labs,

The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update regarding your request.
The Seattle Police Department needs additional time to respond to your request due to the following: In light of recommendations and guidance provided concerning Cityoperations in response to COVID-19, including taking steps towards moreremote work, please understand that any current requests with the SPDLegal Unit through GovQA will incur an unanticipated delay in response. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for yourconsideration during this time.
At this time, we anticipate having a response/installment to you on or about 5/13/2020.

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Mash
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records. (https://u8387795.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=nZGH0ylxadMp5hTpNkeAFs5-2B0tNFpOmK4x7yiv5okBWV7cNXawYhgRb15ZYq812sjosyu25jaqNbkhZ-2FlHCSr2hrOgTti4FxZ0mWrVq647Y-3D-mYj_cWgk71-2BHooiIGz-2BTsTy0jwk4aQTLS0xUDO0HwbhJWMSynzN6JWnWGj2ynp3dBNeyA759Jxs83-2Bx2KZfdhB-2FHqtiw6gK-2BSEzliiTE-2BVAfP9-2BofHSN-2F2ei8Ln4uk-2BJKZA2pWBcqJHWeJWkq4YX2j7tdWl8hV8n2yEYUyvK8UfBfxRylkwqicHYsnYYCaG6Q-2BSkoc4n8YcLaEgL2Q5joQCkyzrKbKrEaoAovYPhFNMF1DHIeaTwbx7bcyL0scyiRVlpkEBHYK5F9eSRWX20fieXYKWB-2FfTXqt3957-2Fk2b8SA-2BLZY4yw3YqgdEmi3lvCoO78Ga-2Bw68VoEjx52mQVMeoKGRw1BC1u-2Bfwfer1SBNmzrA8vXPJoLV436aJsrK-2F7gDjWIGvY4coVknZ-2F6vkIX7pLLvW4rdv5n6-2FpuLexKVeZkGA-3D)
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From: Seattle Police Department

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05/12/2020

Lucy Labs
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P050116-110419

Dear Lucy Labs,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request received on November 04, 2019.
I have been in contact with SPD’s Records Management System experts and determined we do not have a way to pull the search warrant data you are requesting. The experts suggested the information may be available from the courts as this is where search warrants are delivered.
We can follow up with each precinct and each unit (Homicide, Narcotics, SWAT, etc.) within SPD to see if they maintain lists, however this would likely require a hand search to locate records.
We were able to run a keyword search in our database using “search warrant” as the search term and it returned 54,590 hits for the time frame requested. We would need to pull each report to review, determine responsiveness and provide. We can provide approximately 10 reports per monthly installment (depending on length and complexity). We estimate this method would take approximately 455 years to complete.
As we cannot pull the data as requested, please respond within 30 days or by June 12, 2020 with clarification on how you would like us to proceed with your request. If we do not hear from you by that date we will consider the public disclosure request closed.

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Mash
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

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