Summary and analysis of feedback on wireless mesh surveillance network

Phil Mocek filed this request with the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA.
Tracking # P2013-3571
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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 summaries and analysis of feedback regarding Seattle Police Department's wireless mesh surveillance network, including but not limited to all notes taken by Monty E. Moss #5598, Verner B. O'Quinn, Jr. #4920, Paul A. Mcdonagh #4708, or Sean P. Whitcomb #6080, regarding the approximately four public presentations delivered by SPD staff about the network.

At 8:18 p.m. on March 19, 2013, during the question-and-answer period of one of those presentations, I asked who at SPD was cataloging public input received about the network. Mr. McDonagh stated that he was responsible for such. I then asked if Mr. McDonagh had taken any written notes on public input received. He answered that he had taken "some scribbled notes."

Such presentations of which I am aware include:

* 2013-02-21 - [SPD presentation to Alki Beach Community Council Board][1]
* 2013-03-12 - [SPD-hosted presentation at Alki Beach Bathhouse][2]
* 2013-03-19 - [SPD-hosted presentation at Belltown Community Center][3]
* 2013-05-24 - [SPD-hosted presentation at Golden Gardens Bathhouse][4]

On Friday, October 8, 2013, Sean Whitcomb of Seattle Police Department [wrote to me via Twitter][4] that public meetings convened by your staff provided your department with the opportunity to solicit feedback used to draft the surveillance equipment policy SPD was required by SMC 14.18.40 to submit to Seattle City Council no later than April 26, 2013, one month after the date on which [Council Bill 117730][5] was signed into law as ordinance number 124142. At that time, Mr. Whitcomb also wrote that SPD solicited further public input via e-mail.

This morning, [I communicated][6] to Mr. Whitcomb a request pursuant to the Public Records Act for the aforementioned records. At [his request][7], I am now reiterating my request for those records.

[1]: <http://westseattleblog.com/2013/02/many-questions-some-answers-in-spds-first-west-seattle-briefing-on-surveillance-cameras/>
[2]: <http://westseattleblog.com/2013/03/spd-surveillance-cameras-meeting-on-alki/>
[3]: <http://westseattleblog.com/2013/03/seattle-police-surveillance-cameras-no-activation-decision-yet/>
[4]: <http://westseattleblog.com/2013/05/seattle-police-surveillance-cameras-alki-point-off-the-list/>
[4]: <https://twitter.com/SeattlePD/status/398847795290853376>
[5]: <http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&s3=117730&s4=&s2=&s5=&Sect4=AND&l=20&Sect2=THESON&Sect3=PLURON&Sect5=CBORY&Sect6=HITOFF&d=ORDF&p=1&u=%2F~public%2Fcbory.htm&r=1&f=G>
[6]: <https://twitter.com/pmocek/status/398849948797919232>
[7]: <https://twitter.com/SeattlePD/status/398851835311575042>

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 # P2013-3571

Dear Mr. Phil Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated November 8, 2013 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on November 8, 2013 for all summaries and analysis of feedback regarding Seattle Police Department's wireless mesh surveillance network, including but not limited to all notes taken by Monty E. Moss #5598, Verner B. O'Quinn, Jr. #4920, Paul A. Mcdonagh #4708, or Sean P. Whitcomb #6080, regarding the approximately four public presentations delivered by SPD staff about the network..

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

Rodger Stephenson
Admin Specialist II
Public Disclosure Unit

JP:rs

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 Nov. 8, 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 #P2013-3571.

Thank you for your help.

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

As stated in our previous correspondence we have a response to you on or about December 20, 2013.

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2013-3571

Dear Mr. Phil Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated November 8, 2013 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on November 8, 2013 for all summaries and analysis of feedback regarding Seattle Police Department's wireless mesh surveillance network, including but not limited to all notes taken by Monty E. Moss #5598, Verner B. O'Quinn, Jr. #4920, Paul A. Mcdonagh #4708, or Sean P. Whitcomb #6080, regarding the approximately four public presentations delivered by SPD staff about the network..

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 February 4, 2014.

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

Rodger Stephenson
Admin Specialist II
Public Disclosure Unit

JP:rs

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 Nov. 8, 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 #P2013-3571.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 8, 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 #P2013-3571.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 8, 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 #P2013-3571.

Thank you for your help.

From: SPD-PDR, SPD

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2013-3571

Dear Mr. Phil Mocek,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated November 8, 2013 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on November 8, 2013 for all summaries and analysis of feedback regarding Seattle Police Department's wireless mesh surveillance network, including but not limited to all notes taken by Monty E. Moss #5598, Verner B. O'Quinn, Jr. #4920, Paul A. Mcdonagh #4708, or Sean P. Whitcomb #6080, regarding the approximately four public presentations delivered by SPD staff about the network.

A search of the Seattle Police Department files for the above information resulted in no records found / responsive documents to your request. According to the above mentioned individuals there were no summaries or analysis of feedback conducted.

You may file a written appeal with the Chief of Police within ten (10) business days from receipt of this letter. The appeal must include your name, 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

610 Fifth Avenue

PO Box 34986

Seattle, WA 98124-4986

If you have any further questions please call the Public Disclosure Desk at (206) 684-5481.

Sincerely,

Harry Bailey
Interim Chief of Police

Bonnie Voegele

Records Manager

From: Phil Mocek

RE: My public records request of November 8, 2013 (your identifier: P2013-3571)

Dear Ms. Voegele:

I appeal. This is ridiculous. You've taken nearly three months to tell me that you found no records of anyone taking any notes on this so-called thorough public vetting of your department's wireless mesh surveillance network---not even the ones that Paul McDonaugh publicly acknowledged to exist at 8:18 p.m. on March 19, 2013, during the question-and-answer period of his public presentation at Belltown Community Center, in response to my question about who at SPD was cataloging public input received about the network. You can hear my question and his answer in the recording to which I linked in my request, <https://archive.org/details/20130319SeattlePoliceAlkiCamerasPresentation>, from 1:07:12 until 1:08:38 elapsed time. Those notes, along with any others created, are public record. You need to look harder. If Mr. McDonaugh claims to have destroyed that public record, please say so.

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

From: Seattle Police Department

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Seattle Police Department

A letter stating that the request appeal has been rejected.

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