|Submitted||Sept. 1, 2016|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
• Any lists, databases, and inventory rosters containing weapons used by officers (i.e., firearms, tasers, batons, etc.).
If no such records exist than I request the alternative records:
• All records pertaining to the weapons that may be carried by officers as determined by the chief of police, or the board, or officer having control of the police under the authority granted in M.G.L. ch.41, §98
• All records pertaining to the most recent audit of firearms owned by the department
There is an active public debate on the utility of firearms to provide safety and protection. This debate involves elected officials such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh who is on record stating there is no need for Boston police officers to have long guns. A list of weapons that are currently owned, duly authorized, and safely stored by the state police is of great interest to the public in providing greater context for this public discourse.
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 calendar days, as the statute requires.
Mr. Brown, in response to your request there is no one list for all of the weapons you are asking for. But in the interest of public interest I am providing you the below information.
This department is 60 Sworn Officers. Each officer is issued a Taser, a firearm (Glock 22/23), and a baton.
The department has 68 Glock 40 s&w cal pistols (each offers, additional incase of malfunctions).
The department has 20 Sig Sauer (223 Cal) 516 Rifles assigned to shifts
The department also has 5 Berretta Shot Guns (12gage) assigned to supervisors.
The department also has 64 Taser X2 ecw (each assigned to every officer and 4 spares)
Also the department issues every officer a 60 Monadnock expandable batons (Issued to each officer).
Hopefully this is what you are looking for.
John S. Voto
Deputy Chief of Police
Tewksbury Police Department
918 Main Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
978-851-7373 ext. 213
N.A. Class 250
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