1033 equipment use and policies - agencies with MRAPs (Vallejo Police Department)

John Lindsay-Poland filed this request with the Vallejo Police Department of Vallejo, CA.
Tracking #

21-868

Multi Request 1033 equipment use and policies - agencies with MRAPs
Due Aug. 6, 2021
Est. Completion Sept. 30, 2021
Status
Awaiting Response

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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 (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.

Sincerely,

John Lindsay-Poland

From: Vallejo Police Department

City of Vallejo

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Hi there

Your first City of Vallejo record request (request number #21-868) has been submitted.
It is currently unpublished and is not available for the general public to view.

Request #21-868.

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From: Vallejo Police Department

City of Vallejo

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #21-868:

Officially Receiving PRA Request

 

I have received your request for a public record. Please note, if you a party in a case and want to request your police report or traffic collision report, please contact the Records Division at (707) 648-4491 for further instructions. You may also request your police report online at www.vallejopd.net.

 

 

The California Public Records Act, Government Code §6250, et seq., gives you the right to obtain a copy of identifiable public records. Government Code §6253(c) provides that the City has up to 10 days after receipt of your request to determine whether to comply with your request and shall immediately notify you of this determination and the reasons therefor.

 

I will notify you in writing of the City’s determination. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

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From: Vallejo Police Department

City of Vallejo

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Hi there

Record request #21-868 has been published and is now available for public view.

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From: Vallejo Police Department

City of Vallejo

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #21-868:

We will need additional time to review the documents for question one. We anticipate providing the documents to question one on or before August 20, 2021

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From: Vallejo Police Department

City of Vallejo

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #21-868:

We will need additional time to review the documents for question one. We anticipate providing the documents to question one on or before September 2, 2021

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From: Vallejo Police Department

City of Vallejo

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #21-868:

Hello:

Our VPD Policy is online at https://vallejopd.net/public_information/codes_policies/policy_manual and the 1033 Program is under Policy 705. Please let us know if you would like the policy for another date as well.

We are continuing to work on your request. We anticipate providing the documents to you on or by September 16, 2021.

If we can make the records available before the date indicated above, we will do so. Likewise, if we require additional time to complete the review and redaction, if necessary, of the responsive documents, we will notify you in writing on or before the above-listed date.

Thank you.

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From: John Lindsay-Poland

Dear Vallejo staff,

Thank you for your response to my Public Records Act request regarding use and policies for 1033 equipment acquired by Vallejo PD. I consulted the Vallejo PD policy manual that you referenced, and found policies for 1033 equipment generally and for patrol rifles, but did not find any policy for the use of armored vehicles, such the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) obtained by Vallejo PD through the 1033 program. Please confirm whether or not a policy exists for the use of this vehicle (apart from the very general parameters of the 1033 policy).

Thank you for continuing to work on the rest of my public records request.

best,
John Lindsay-Poland

From: Vallejo Police Department

City of Vallejo

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #21-868:

Hello, John:

The policy we have in place is the one you have access to online. Unfortunately, I could not locate a policy on the MRAP.

We are continuing to work on your request. We anticipate providing the documents to you on or by September 30, 2021.

If we can make the records available before the date indicated above, we will do so. Likewise, if we require additional time to complete the review and redaction, if necessary, of the responsive documents, we will notify you in writing on or before the above-listed date.

Thank you for your patience.

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