Firearm Project, St. Paul, MN

Brian Freskos filed this request with the St Paul Police Department of St Paul, MN.
Est. Completion None
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From: Brian Freskos

Dear Records Officer,

Pursuant to the state public records law, I am a journalist requesting that the Police Department provide data records as part of a national project seeking to explore the use of stolen firearms in crimes. I have broken the request into parts, each of which details the records that we are seeking:

Part 1) Detailed information on stolen guns

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen by the citizens they serve. We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present:

-- The serial number, make and model of each firearm that was reported stolen
-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The date the theft was reported

Part 2) Detailed information about firearms that were seized, confiscated, recovered, found, turned in, booked into property and evidence, or otherwise came under the custody and control of the department

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were seized, confiscated, recovered, found, turned in, booked into property and evidence, or otherwise came under the custody and control of the department. We are therefore requesting the following information about every such firearm taken in from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present:

-- The serial number, make and model of each firearm
-- The date on which the firearm was seized, confiscated, recovered, found, turned in, booked into property and evidence, or otherwise came under the custody and control of the department.
-- The police report number and/or incident number associated with each firearm
-- If readily available, the type of crime or incident involving each gun (e.g., homicide, robbery, assault, etc.)

If possible, we would be grateful if the data from both parts of this request were collated into a spreadsheet. The Property and Evidence Section of the department may be able to provide such a spreadsheet. It is fine if the spreadsheet contains more information than we are seeking; we will format the data and delete entries that we don’t need.

If a spreadsheet is available, we respectfully ask the department to provide the record layout and/or code sheet so that we can ascertain the meaning of column labels, acronyms and abbreviations, and distinguish between firearms reported stolen and those that were seized, confiscated, recovered, found, turned in, booked into property and evidence, or otherwise came under the custody and control of the department.

If a spreadsheet is not available, please provide physical copies of the police reports or any other documentation containing the data we week.

Firearm theft has become a mounting concern for law enforcement officials in many major cities, leading to campaigns aimed at educating gun owners on storage practices to reduce the risk of theft and prevent firearms from entering the illegal market. We are collecting similar data from dozens of police departments around the country. Our goal is to match the serial number, make and model of firearms that were reported stolen to those that were recovered during the course of a criminal investigation.

I am a member of the news media, a reporter with The Trace, a 501c3 nonprofit news organization headquartered in New York City. We will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public and are not requesting it for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you informed me of the total charges before completing my request.

I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. You can send any correspondence or records to my email: foia@thetrace.org

If you require standard mail, we ask that you send correspondence and any records to our national headquarters at:

The Trace
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354. If I do not answer, please leave me a voicemail, and I’ll respond ASAP.

Sincerely,

Brian Freskos

From: Bailey, Stephanie (CI-StPaul)

Brian

The City of Saint Paul Police Department has received your data request. This is very similar to the one you submitted in October 2016. I will contact you if I need clarification and/or when this request is completed. Please note, Serial Numbers are not public data, so that data won't be released AND information that is on an active investigation will also not be released both pursuant to Minn Stat. 13.82.

Stephanie Bailey, Sergeant
Saint Paul Police Department
Research and Development Unit
stephanie.bailey@ci.stpaul.mn.us<mailto:stephanie.bailey@ci.stpaul.mn.us>
651-266-5759

From: Bailey, Stephanie (CI-StPaul)

Brian Freskos,

Will you please call me regarding this data request?

Thanks,

Stephanie Bailey, Sergeant
Saint Paul Police Department
Research and Development Unit
stephanie.bailey@ci.stpaul.mn.us<mailto:stephanie.bailey@ci.stpaul.mn.us>
651-266-5759

From: *CI-StPaul_SPPD-DataPracticeRequests

Brian,

Per our conversation today regarding your request:

Part I) Any responsive data to this portion of your request is contained in the narrative of police reports. We will need to build a code and extract the data (Cost of this is approximately $45.00 per hour) and then review each report and determine if it is 1) responsive to your request (again a charge for this- cost is at least $45.00 per hour, if not more) and then once the responsive data located- determine if the case is active or inactive pursuant to 13.82 Subd. 7 (a,b,c) (No charge for this). We can release inactive data. However, we will NOT be releasing serial numbers, pursuant to Minn. Statute 13.82 Subd. 20.

Part II) We currently have responsive data for at least 2016. There are over 500 items on that list- so there are two options- Option 1) We will remove identifying features (case number and date of occurrence) and give you the make, model, and crime type. This can be done in a few days time. Option 2) We will have to look up each case to determine if the case is active or inactive pursuant to 13.82 Subd. 7 (a,b,c). We can release inactive data. However, we will NOT be releasing serial numbers, pursuant to Minn. Statute 13.82 Subd. 20. This option will take approximately 2 months for each year. There are also fees to search/retrieve the data- but not separate public/non public data.

* Also- to speed items up- you want data going back to 2010, you could change your request to less time such as 2014-present. Etc...

We will wait to hear back from you before continuing any work. We would also need a pre-payment of $100 to begin work.

As mentioned- after June 8th, 2017- please send your email to: the address listed above, or to Commander Shari Gray at: shari.gray@ci.stpaul.mn.us<mailto:shari.gray@ci.stpaul.mn.us>

Sincerely,

Stephanie Bailey, Sergeant
Saint Paul Police Department
Research and Development Unit
stephanie.bailey@ci.stpaul.mn.us<mailto:stephanie.bailey@ci.stpaul.mn.us>
651-266-5759

From: Brian Freskos

I am withdrawing this request. Thank you Sgt. Bailey

From: *CI-StPaul_SPPD-DataPracticeRequests

Sounds good, thank you.

Stephanie Bailey, Sergeant
Saint Paul Police Department
Research and Development Unit
stephanie.bailey@ci.stpaul.mn.us<mailto:stephanie.bailey@ci.stpaul.mn.us>
651-266-5759

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