Police Women undergo Cavity Searches (Suffolk County Sheriff's Department)

Cynthia Fernandez filed this request with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department of Suffolk County, MA.
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From: Cynthia Fernandez

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all documents, policies, memos, and complaints concerning female police officers and job-mandated gynecological examinations prior or post-hire.

This is an issue that has been widely reported on: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/a3eb55/female-recruits-ffirorced-to-undergo-vaginal-exams-by-nebraska-state-patrol-lawsuit-claims

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.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Cynthia Fernandez

From: Travis, Suzanne

Dear Ms. Fernandez:

Attached please find Assistant General Counsel Russell T. Homsy's response to your above referenced request.

If you wish to challenge this response, you may appeal to the Supervisor of Public Records following the procedure set forth in 950 CMR 32.08(1), and you have the right to seek judicial review of any unfavorable decision by commencing a civil action in the superior court pursuant to G.L. c. 66, Section 10(A)(c).

Please remember to remove this request from the auto emailing system that you use now that you have received our response.


Suzanne Travis
Suffolk County Sheriff's Department
200 Nashua Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 635-1100, Ext. 3082
Fax: (617) 704-6692
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