|Multi Request||1033 equipment use and policies - agencies with MRAPs|
|Submitted||July 27, 2021|
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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 (https://www.dla.mil/DispositionServices/Offers/Reutilization/LawEnforcement/PublicInformation/), your agency acquired controlled equipment through the 1033 program, as reflected in the attached spreadsheet, including a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.
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: armored vehicles such as Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAPs) vehicles, firearms, 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.
If you would like to discuss these requests, please feel free to reach out to either John Lindsay-Poland, co-director of the Healing Justice Program at 510-282-8983 or Nathaniel Phillipps, the Ristad Fellow at 559-994-3647.
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.
The following information has been provided by the current Chief of Police, Damon McMinn, as responsive to your request:
(1) There are no polices written regarding the (DIRECT USE) of equipment obtained from the (LESO) 1033 program.
(2) The listed (LESO) 1033 equipment was obtained by the prior Chief of Police. During my tenure as the Taft City Police Chief, (3/1/2018) to present, there has been no training with or deployment of the (MRAP) vehicle. Regarding the night vision equipment, use is determined by the needs of the officer in which it was issued. Regarding the firearms obtained from the 1033 program, none are currently issued to any Taft Police Department personnel. All weapons obtained are currently secured in our armory safe waiting to be returned to the 1033 program.
(3) The City of Taft Police Department has received no complaints regarding the deployment of any equipment obtained through the (LESO) 1033 program as of this time.
(4) Regarding question #4, see attached agenda items.
I believe this information should complete this request. If you have any additional questions regarding the City’s use of the program, you can address those directly to Polioce Chief McMinn at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or (661)763-3101.
Yvette Mayfield, MMC
City Clerk / Municipal Records / Grant Administrator
City of Taft │209 E. Kern Street │Taft, CA 93268
Phone: (661) 763-1222 x 116 │ Fax: (661) 765-2480
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Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.