|Submitted||June 8, 2017|
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Dear Records Officer,
Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I am a journalist requesting the records described below from the St. Petersburg Police Department. I have broken the request into two parts for your reference:
Part 1) Stolen Guns
It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen in their jurisdictions. This information is often held in an internal crime analysis and research database such as Versadex, which can be queried for specific property.
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, model, caliber and type of each firearm that was reported stolen
-- The address of the reported theft
-- The name of the reporting party
-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The date the theft was reported
-- Any other columns available
I would appreciate if your agency provided this information in a spreadsheet or list. If a spreadsheet or list cannot be provided, please provide copies of the police reports, incident reports, or offense reports for each case of reported firearm theft during that timeframe.
Part 2) Property and Evidence Guns
It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were seized, confiscated, recovered, found, turned in, or otherwise came under the custody and control of the department. These guns are processed and booked into Property and Evidence and details about each are entered into a database.
We are therefore requesting a spreadsheet of every such firearm entered from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present. If a spreadsheet is not available, please provide a printout of the data or any other format of records. The data should include at least the following:
-- The serial number, make, model and type of each firearm
-- The date on which the firearm was entered
-- The police report number and/or incident number associated with each firearm
-- The type of crime or incident involving each gun (e.g., homicide, robbery, assault, etc.)
-- Any other columns available
If a spreadsheet is available for either part of this request, 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 any and all other records that will yield the information we are seeking.
This request is similar to one I submitted last year but later withdrew as I looked into whether the Florida Department of Law Enforcement maintained the records we are seeking. While the DLE does maintain some records, those records are incomplete, which is why we are now refiling this request with the St. Petersburg Police Department.
I am a member of the news media, a reporter with The Trace, a 501c3 nonprofit news organization headquartered in New York City. I am making this request through MuckRock's public records request management service, which I use to monitor and streamline public records requests.
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I would prefer the requested information be provided in a .xlsx, .xls, .csv or another spreadsheet-compatible file extension. I would prefer the records be sent to me via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. You can send any correspondence or records by responding to this email or sending them to my company email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response.
In response to your request below, the department does not maintain a document or spreadsheet that contains the requested consolidated information. I have provided my number below if you have any questions.
Records and Evidentiary Services Division Manager
St. Petersburg Police Department
1300 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33705
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