Use and policies for controlled firearms acquired through 1033 program (Susanville Police Department)

John Lindsay-Poland filed this request with the Susanville Police Department of Susanville, CA.

It is a clone of this request.

Multi Request Use and policies for controlled firearms acquired through 1033 program


From: John Lindsay-Poland

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records of your agency related to the deployment and use of controlled equipment obtained through the 1033 Program of the Department of Defense, as set forth below.

According to records posted by the Defense Logistics Agency (, your agency acquired controlled equipment through the 1033 program, including firearms, as reflected in the attached spreadsheet.

I. Requests for Records
Records Request No. 1: All Documents constituting, reflecting, relating to or that contain current use policies if any for each type of 1033-program controlled equipment, including situations or circumstances in which use is authorized or prohibited.

Records Request No. 2: Records that list the dates, locations, suspected offense(s) or rationale for operation, controlled equipment deployed, arrests, and uses of force for each deployment of 1033-program controlled equipment since July 1st, 2019, specifically: firearms, armored vehicles, and night vision equipment.

Records Request No. 3: All records of complaints regarding the use and impact of 1033-program controlled equipment, including correspondence, visual or audio-visual materials, and responses to complaints.

Records Request No. 4: Documents that constitute, reflect, relate to or that contain rationales or criteria for acquisition of 1033-program controlled equipment, prior to its acquisition.

II. Response Time
Please provide requested documents as they become available.

Please respond to this request in ten (10) days, either by providing the requested information or providing a written response setting forth the specific legal authority on which you rely in failing to disclose each requested record, or by specifying a date in the near future to respond to the request. See Cal. Gov’t Code § 6255. Pursuant to section 6253, please disclose all reasonably segregable non-exempt information from any portions of records you claim are exempt from disclosure.

To assist with the prompt release of responsive material, we ask that you make records available to us as you locate them, rather than waiting until all responsive records have been collected and copied.

The American Friends Service Committee seeks this information as the requestor to promote and provide public access to these documents and increase civic engagement. Because this request is made on behalf of a nonprofit public interest organization, with the intent to make this material easily accessible to the public, we request that you waive any fees. In responding to this request, please keep in mind that Article 1, § 3(b)(2) of the California Constitution expressly requires you to broadly construe all provisions that further the public’s right of access, and to apply any limitations on access as narrowly as possible.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

If you would like to discuss these requests, please feel free to reach out to me, John Lindsay-Poland, co-director of the Healing Justice Program at 510-282-8983.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.


John Lindsay-Poland


Attached please find the City of Susanville's response to the above-referenced PRA request.

Thank you.


From: John Lindsay-Poland

Dear Sean Cameron,

Thank you so much for your response on behalf of the City of Susanville to my Public Records Act request regarding controlled equipment acquired by Susanville PD through the Department of Defense 1033 program.

Your response included records of possession of firearms acquired through the 1033 program. It did not include any use policies, records of use, records of complaints received about the equipment, or records indicating the rationale for acquisition of the equipment.

Please indicate whether a search was made for these requested records, and if so, whether or not any responsive records were identified.

Thanks in advance. Please don't hesitate to contact me at or by phone at 510-282-8983.

John Lindsay-Poland

From: Susanville Police Department

I’ve followed up with the Susanville PD. They’re dealing with the ongoing fires, so it may be delayed.


From: Susanville Police Department

John Lindsay-Poland,

An additional search was performed for any policies or records regarding the information requested and this search did not produce any policies or records other than what was previously provided.

Thank you


From: John Lindsay-Poland


Thanks for your help with this request. I appreciate it.

John Lindsay-Poland