Firearm Project, Drug Enforcement Administration

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 17-00076-F
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Ben Hallman

Dear Records Officer,

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I am requesting access to and copies of records from your agency. I have broken the request into three parts for your clarification. As expressed below, the date range for each part of this request is January 1, 2010 to the present:

1) Detailed information about crime guns

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, recovered at crimes scenes or seized during investigations in their jurisdictions, including the make, model and serial number of each gun. We are therefore requesting the following:

-- The following records regarding firearms recovered at crime scenes, seized during investigations, or otherwise taken by your agency: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime or recovery; the case number for the crime or recovery; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed or the recovery took place.

If your agency maintains a spreadsheet or database containing these records, we ask that you please provide that database.

I would like to note that we are not at this time seeking copies of reports or any other investigative records associated with these crimes or incidents; we are only seeking information about the firearms used and some general information that is generally released to the public.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

2) Detailed information on lost, stolen or unaccounted for law enforcement guns

Second, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that, while under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise accounted for. Therefore we request the following:

-- Any and all records of agency-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise accounted for.

-- If your agency does not issue firearms, then we ask for any and all records of firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or otherwise became unaccounted for while under the control and/or in the possession of one of your employees.

The records should include but not be limited to the following:

• The make, model, serial number and caliber of each lost or stolen firearm
• The location and address where the firearm was lost or stolen
• The date of the loss or theft.
• The date the lost or theft was reported
• Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered
• If the lost or stolen firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery
• A description of how the firearm was lost or stolen
• Whether negligence on the part of the employee is/was suspected in the loss or theft of the firearm
• Whether the employee in control of the firearm retired, was terminated or otherwise left the department, and if so, the date and circumstances of the employee’s departure and whether his or her gun was retrieved and/or recovered.
• Any other individual reports and findings on the individual lost or stolen firearms

The records should include but not be limited to databases, reports, memos, internal affairs investigations, emails or other correspondence, and/or any other records.

The date range for this part is also January 1, 2010 to the present.

3) Officers with arrest and firearm authority

Finally, we would like to know how many officers in your agency have the authority to carry firearms and whether that number has increased or decreased over the last five years. Therefore, we are requesting the following:

-- The number of employees authorized to carry firearms in each 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Please label each record in a clear manner. As a news organization, we will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public and are not requesting it for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you informed me of the total charges before completing my request. We request that if you send an invoice, you make it out to The Trace.

I would prefer the requested information be sent via an e-mail attachment if available, or a mailed CD-ROM if not. If standard mail must be used, we ask that you send the request to the following address:

The Trace (at WeWork)
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I look forward to receiving your response. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354

Sincerely,

Brian Freskos

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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