Trenton PD homicide and shooting data

Sarah Ryley filed this request with the Trenton Police Department of Trenton, NJ.
Tracking # 2-20972476112
Due May 31, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Sarah Ryley

To whom it may concern:

Under the New Jersey Open Records Act I am requesting data, preferably in .csv, .xls, .txt, or .xlsx format, pertaining to homicides and non-fatal shootings that have been handled by the Trenton Police Department from Jan. 1, 2005 through the date in which this request is filled.

This data should include a record for each incident, and all fields disclosable under the law, including but not limited to:

- A unique identifier for the incident (i.e. incident ID)
- Unit assigned to the investigation
- Date of the incident
- Name(s) of the victim(s)
- Date of Birth of the victim(s)
- Race of the victim(s)
- Ethnicity of the victim(s) (i.e. Hispanic or Non-Hispanic)
- Gender of the victim(s)
- Address or location of the incident
- Weapon used
- Any other data pertaining to the circumstances surrounding the incident (i.e., motive, whether it was suspected gang or drug-related, narrative of incident)
- Status of the investigation (i.e., whether a suspect has been identified and an arrest made)
- Date of arrest
- Name(s) of suspect(s)
- Date of Birth of the suspect(s)
- Race of the suspect(s)
- Ethnicity of the suspect(s) (i.e. Hispanic or Non-Hispanic)
- Gender of the suspect(s)
- Responding officer
- Detective(s) assigned to the case
- Days investigation was active (i.e. Not a cold case)
- Number of responding officers
- Number of detectives assigned to the case

- I am also requesting any data dictionaries, glossary of terms, record layouts, etc. pertaining to the above database(s), that describe the database and define the fields and codes used in the database.

If one or more of the fields I requested above is not available in the Trenton Police Department’s database(s), please notify me via email and I will strike that field from my request. I am merely asking for all disclosable fields maintained in the Trenton Police Department’s database(s) that track homicide and non-fatal shooting investigations.

If there are fields that I did not request, but that are still disclosable under the New Jersey Open Records Act, my request asks that you include those fields as well.

I would like to receive this information in digital, spreadsheet form, preferably in .csv, .xls, .txt, or .xlsx., which I am entitled to under See N.J.S.A. 47:1A­5(d). (A custodian shall permit access to a government record and provide a copy thereof in the medium requested if the public agency maintains the record in that medium. If the public agency does not maintain the record in the medium requested, the custodian shall either convert the record to the medium requested or provide a copy in some other meaningful medium.)

As a member of the media reporting on matters in the public interest, I am requesting a fee waiver and an expediting of my request. Since I am requesting records in their original electronic format whenever possible, I expect the costs, if any, to be limited. (Access to electronic records and non­-printed materials shall be provided free of charge, but the public agency may charge for the actual costs of any needed supplies such as computer discs. See N.J.S.A. 47:1A­ 5(b).)

The New Jersey Open Records Act requires a response soon as possible, but not later than seven business days after receiving the request, provided that the record is currently available and not in storage or archived.

If you redact any fields in the database, please cite the specific fields and the exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information.

I am requesting that communication regarding this request be conducted via email, and that the request be filled via email, which I am entitled to under the law.

Thank you for considering my request.

Sincerely,

Sarah Ryley
Reporter, The Trace Media
Cell: 347-324-8697
sarahryleyfoi@gmail.com

From: DSP Records

Ms. Ryley,
The Division of State Police is in receipt of your OPRA request.
A request was sent out seeking responsive records to your request and the search is ongoing. We would like to extend your due date until June 28th, 2017.
If the records are received before that date and available for release, I will get them to you at that time.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via email at DSP@gw.njsp.org and please be sure to provide your OPRA case number in the subject line of your correspondence.
Sincerely,
DSFC David Robbins
New Jersey State Police

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information contained in this communication from the Division of State Police is privileged and confidential and is intended for the sole use of the persons or entities who are the addressees. If you are not an intended recipient of this e-mail, the dissemination, distribution, copying or use of the information it contains is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately contact the Division of State Police at (609) 882-2000 to arrange for the return of this information.

From: DSP Records

Please see attached.

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information contained in this communication from the Division of State Police is privileged and confidential and is intended for the sole use of the persons or entities who are the addressees. If you are not an intended recipient of this e-mail, the dissemination, distribution, copying or use of the information it contains is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately contact the Division of State Police at (609) 882-2000 to arrange for the return of this information.

From: Trenton Police Department

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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