SPD Documents Pertaining to Police Dog "Bear"

Bernard Rodriguez filed this request with the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA.
Tracking # P2016-484
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From: Bernard Rodriguez

To Whom It May Concern:

In a Seattle Times article titled, "SPD buys electronics-sniffing dog used in Jared Fogle child-porn case" published August 24, 2015 Seattle Times staff reporter Sami Edge reports on the acquisition of "Bear" a "2-year-old black Labrador named Bear specially trained to sniff out electronics".

(http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/spd-buys-electronics-sniffing-dog-used-in-jared-fogle-child-porn-case/)

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

- Correspondence between Tactical Detection and Seattle Police Department
- Copy of check payment or other mode of payment and receipt for "Bear"
- Contracts and non-disclosure agreements with Tactical Detection and any other contractors as they relate to the purchase of "Bear".
- Case numbers for prosecutions where evidence found by "Bear" was submitted
- Name and Badge number for officer(s) partnered with "Bear"
- copies of press-releases, final talking points and drafts of both where "Bear" is mentioned

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,

Bernard Rodriguez

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2016-484

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated February 1, 2016 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on February 1, 2016 for documents pertaining to police dog “Bear”.

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 10 weeks from the date of this notification to respond. Therefore we anticipate a response to you on or about April 20, 2016.

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 7,000 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: SPD-PDR, SPD

April 20, 2016

Bernard Rodriguez
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: SPD Dog “Bear”
PDR #: 16-484 – 1st Installment

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

This email is in response to your public disclosure request dated February 1, 2016 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on February 1, 2016 for records SPD’s acquisition of “Bear”. This letter is considered the first installment to your request.

In response to your request for payment information regarding “Bear” please see the attached documents from the SPD Fiscal Unit.

Incident numbers 15-148860, 15-333333 and 15-441352 are the case numbers for deployments to date with PD Bear. Please check with the courts regarding your request for prosecutions where evidence found by “Bear” was submitted.

Det. Polhemous #5789, is the canine handler for PD Bear, in response to your request for the name and badge number for officer(s) partnered with “Bear”.

We contacted the SPD Public Affairs Unit regarding your request for copies of press-releases, final talking points and drafts of both where “Bear” is mentioned, resulting in no responsive documents.

We need additional time to research your request for correspondence and expect to respond with the second installment on or about May 4, 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

May 4, 2016

Bernard Rodriguez
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: SPD Dog “Bear”
PDR #: 16-484 – 1st Installment

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

This email is in response to your public disclosure request dated February 1, 2016 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on February 1, 2016 for records SPD’s acquisition of “Bear”.

The purpose of this email is to provide you with a status update regarding your request. We need additional time to obtain and process documents related to your request. At this time, the Department anticipates having the second installment to you on or about May 18, 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

Correction: May 18, 2016

From: Mash, Elizabeth

May 17, 2016

Bernard Rodriguez
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: SPD Dog “Bear”
PDR #: 16-484 – 2nd Installment

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

This email is in response to your public disclosure request dated February 1, 2016 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on February 1, 2016 for records SPD’s acquisition of “Bear”. Attached please find the second installment which includes emails.

We have included the attachments to emails immediately following the email pages in which there are attachments. Please note, the attachments throughout entitled “image” are logos only and therefore not included.

We have redacted the Tax Identification Numbers from the five W9 attachments pursuant to RCW 42.56.210 and/or other statutes (RCW 42.56.230(5); see also RCW 9.35.005). Explanation: Disclosure would violate an individual’s right to privacy, and could be used for identity theft, fraud or other criminal activity. SSNs of agency employees, volunteers, and their dependents are also specifically exempt. (RCW 42.56.250(3)).

We need additional time to research your request for additional correspondence and expect to respond with the third installment on or about June 20, 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

June 21, 2016

Bernard Rodriguez
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: SPD Dog "Bear"
PDR #: 16-484

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

This email is in response to your public disclosure request dated February 1, 2016 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on February 1, 2016 for records SPD's acquisition of "Bear".

The purpose of this email is to provide you with a status update regarding your request. We need additional time to obtain and process documents related to your request. At this time, the Department anticipates having the third installment to you on or about July 26, 2015.

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: Mash, Elizabeth

Date correction: July 26, 2016.

From: Mash, Elizabeth

July 27, 2016

Bernard Rodriguez
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: SPD Dog "Bear"
PDR #: 16-484

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

This email is in response to your public disclosure request dated February 1, 2016 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on February 1, 2016 for records SPD's acquisition of "Bear".

The purpose of this email is to provide you with a status update regarding your request. We need additional time to obtain and process documents related to your request. At this time, the Department anticipates having the third installment to you on or about August 16, 2015.

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: Bernard Rodriguez

To Whom It May Concern:

I'm following up on the following Public Records request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 1, 2016. You had previously indicated that it would be completed on May 18, 2016. I wanted to check on the status of my request, and to see if there was a new estimated completion date. You had assigned it reference number #P2016-484.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Mash, Elizabeth

August 17, 2016

Bernard Rodriguez
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: Public Disclosure Request: SPD Records re: SPD Dog "Bear"
PDR #: 16-484 - 3rd / Final Installment

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

This email is in response to your public disclosure request dated February 1, 2016 and received by the Seattle Police Department's Public Disclosure Unit on February 1, 2016 for records SPD's acquisition of "Bear". Attached please find the third and final installment which includes emails.

We have 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.

You may file a written appeal of this response with the SPD's Legal Unit within ten (10) business days from the date of receipt. Please include your name and address, a copy of the redacted document and a copy of this letter together with a brief statement identifying the basis of the appeal. Please mail or deliver your appeal to:

Seattle Police Department
Attn: Legal Unit
610 Fifth Avenue
P.O. 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.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Mash
Administrative Specialist III
Public Disclosure Unit

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