DHS/Somerville security camera partnership

Tom Nash filed this request with the Somerville Police Department of Somerville, MA.
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From: Tom Nash

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act, G.L.M. c.4, €7, clause 26th, I hereby request the following records:

Grant given by federal Department of Homeland Security for closed circuit security cameras to be installed in Somerville.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Tom Nash

From: Police Department

Good morning,

I have prepared the following response to your public records request.

The City of Somerville and/or the Somerville Police Department are not the custodians of public records relating to the requested grant document (the regional camera system funded through the Urban Area Security Initiative). See MGL c. 4, s. 7(26) (defining “public record” as any material “made or received” by a public agency). The city of Somerville and/or the Somerville Police Department did not specifically apply for the regional grant.

The city has a pending grant application for additional security cameras and other security hardware to be utilized within the public safety building and the Fire Headquarters building.

Paul J. Upton
Deputy Chief
617 625-1600 ext. 7203


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