Firearm Project, Vermont State Police

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Vermont State Police of Vermont.
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From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am requesting access to and copies of records from your agency as part of our continuing coverage of gun trafficking. I have broken the request into three parts, each of which details the records that we are seeking. As expressed below, the date range for each part of this request is January 1, 2010 to the present:

1) Detailed information on stolen guns

It is our understanding that law enforcement agencies keep detailed records about firearms that were reported stolen by the citizens they serve. We are therefore requesting the following for each case of reported firearm theft in your jurisdiction:

-- The police report number and/or incident number for the firearm theft
-- The serial number, make, model, caliber, type and any other descriptive information for each firearm that was reported stolen

We would appreciate if this data was provided in a spreadsheet. If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide any record layout and/or code sheets.

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

2) Detailed information about crime guns

Second, 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 used in crimes in your agency’s jurisdiction, recovered at crime scenes or seized during investigations: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime; the police report number for the crime; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed.

If your agency maintains a spreadsheet or database containing these records, we ask that you please provide that database. I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case, the same as part 1) “Detailed information about stolen guns.”

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

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

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

Finally, 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 department-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise accounted for.

-- If your department 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 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.

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: Storm, Heidi

Brian,

I received the records request below.

The short answer is no, we do not keep a database of all weapons that were stolen in the state of Vermont. Most weapons are entered into NCIC but that database is maintained by the FBI and you would need to direct your request to them.

When a weapon is stolen in Vermont it gets entered into a property table, but there is no accurate way to search the criteria that you listed below. I could possibly get a total number of weapons that were entered into the property table since 2010, but it wouldn’t necessarily indicate whether they were still missing, or if they were later used in a crime.

I can confirm that no State Police weapons have been stolen since 2010.

If you would like to narrow the scope of your request or have any additional follow up questions, feel free to reach out to me directly.

Respectfully,

Heidi Storm
Records and Alarm Administrator
Vermont State Police - Headquarters
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Heidi, thank you for your response.

Would the property table listing the weapons that had been stolen since 2010, would this table include the serial number, make and model of firearms included in that table?

For State Police weapons, I wasn't just looking for ones that may have been stolen. I would like any documents pertaining to any State Police firearms that can no longer be accounted for, whether they were stolen, lost, went missing, an officer retired and took a gun with them, anything at all. Are there any audits of inventories, memos, emails, internal affairs investigations, any records pertaining to this?

From: Storm, Heidi

I am working with the Office of Professional Development to get any information we may have for you. I will be in touch.

Heidi Storm
Records and Alarm Administrator
Vermont State Police - Headquarters
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300

From: Storm, Heidi

Here is the spreadsheet of weapons that VSP purchased and no longer “owns.”

SER#S&W M+P

SER# S&W SHIELD

SER#S&W Body G

DATE OF TRANSFER

EAL1775

7/30/2012

DWS5162

10/19/2012

DWS4774

11/15/2012

DWS4707

2/7/2013

DWS4604

4/5/2013

DWS4295

4/24/2013

DWS4630

4/29/2013

DWS5161

7/31/2013

DWS5248

EAL1759

9/12/2013

DWS4765

EAV0643

10/16/2013

DWY3944

10/17/2013

DWY3836

10/18/2013

DWS5219

10/18/2013

DXR8173

10/22/2013

DWS4652

3/21/2014

DWS4779

EAV

3/21/2014

DWS4609

4/25/2014

DWS4624

5/15/2014

EAL1757

5/19/2014

EAV0591

5/30/2014

HTE4564

EAL1764

6/4/2014

HTE5340

EAV0596

6/25/2014

EAV0554

6/25/2014

DWY3931

EAL1753

7/6/2014

EAK6962

8/15/2014

DWS4692

8/22/2014

HTU3333

EAV0557

11/11/201410/16

Price change

410 to 360

11/12/2014

EAK7777

12/17/2014

HTU3642

HTE5619

12/18/2014

HTU2225

1/21/2015

EAK7683

3/10/2015

DWY4106

4/16/2015

HTU2308

8/20/2015

HTU2331

9/9/2015

HTU3528

HTE5349

12/4/2015

HTU3406

HTE4562

12/8/2015

HTU3490

12/24/2015

HTU2255

1/4/2016

HTU3498

2/4/2016

HTU3379

HTE3331

2/5/2016

HTU3396

HTE5351

4/16/2016

HTU2324

HTE5340

2/16

Price change

360 to 410

HTU3376

7/8/1905

HTU3524

8/16/2016

HTU3332

9/16/2016

EAV0556

8/14

HTU3379

HTE 5331

2/16

WEAPON

SERIAL #

FFL#

FFL NAME

DATE OF TRANSFER

BG 380

6-03-023-01-6K-33609

PARROS

5/19/2014

BG 380

EAV0591

6-03-017-01-6K-00570

GARY GRISWOLD

5/30/2014

BG 380

6-03-027-07-5G-00694

NORTHERN GUNS LLC

6/25/2014

BG 380

6-03-027-07-5G-00694

NORTHERN GUNS LLC

6/25/2014

BG 380

EAL1764

6-03-023-01-6K-33609

PARROS

6/4/2014

BG 380

EAK6962

6/2014

WEAPON

SERIAL #

FFL#

FFL NAME

DATE OF TRANSFER

SIG 229DAK

6-03-027-01-6K-00778

LOCUST CREEK OUTFITTERS

7/14/2014

Sig DAK

2016

Sig Dak

Mid Sports

2016

Heidi Storm
Records and Alarm Administrator
Vermont State Police - Headquarters
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Heidi,

That spreadsheet came through on my system a little weird-looking. Would you mind emailing it to me at foia@thetrace.org

Also, what does it mean the department no longer owns them?

From: Storm, Heidi

I will send it to that alternate address. And I say “own”..but that just means that the Trooper/Sgt/LT took the weapon with them when they retired, so ownership was transferred from VSP to the Trooper.

Heidi Storm
Records and Alarm Administrator
Vermont State Police - Headquarters
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300

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