Search Warrant Data (Virginia Beach Police Department)

Lucy Parsons Labs filed this request with the Virginia Beach Police Department of Virginia Beach, VA.
Tracking #

FOI2019-4614

Multi Request Search Warrant Data
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Tom Nash


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

For all search warrants, applications for search warrants, cancellations, and authorization for search warrants between 2012 to the date of processing this request, please provide the following points of record for each:

Full Name of requester
If arrest, arrest ID (eg some cities/states use, "Incident Report")
Reason(s) for search warrant (typically either hand-written, or checkboxes)
Badge ID (or similar) of requester
District/Unit
Name of Judge
Name of approving officer
Whether an Arrest happened
Requested location of search warrant
Location of search warrant execution
Type of search warrant
Statements used to justify search warrant
Time and date when search warrant was submitted for approval
Time and date when search warrant was executed
Whether anything was seized
Whether anything was found
License plate of vehicle (if relevant)
Race of person for search warrant
Age of person for search warrant
State of person for search warrant
Whether an informant was involved
Method of contact with informant leading to search warrant (eg, phone call, mail, fax, email, etc)
Description of person search warrant executed on
Legal code of violation
Description of violation
Date of violation
If search warrant related to debt: name of company debt is owed to, amount owed
Whether FBI involved
ID associated with FBI document (eg, IR #)
Whether search warrant was cancelled
Whether contraband found
Whether narcotics found

The records responsive to this request are likely available in a database, or in some query-able format. If your department or agency does not have direct access to the records, please raise to the respective department that can run queries directly (eg, through SQL).

Should your agency not have all of the requested records within a single record or document, please provide me the relevant documents that do, even if that requires more than one class of document. Should some of the records be unavailable, please let me know ahead of time so that we can narrow the request accordingly.

As the records responsive to this request are imperative for understanding how search warrants are executed, I ask that the public interest of these records be evaluated to the extent that the public's interest outweighs this request's burden. To add, this request is being sent to the largest city of every state and will be collated together to create a comprehensive map of search warrants throughout the US. As such, the records are not only important for understanding search warrants at a local level, but also at a national and state-wide level.

Please ensure that provided documents comply with Section 508, as these records will be shared with members of the public who are covered under the ADA. This guide should be helpful: https://www.hhs.gov/web/section-508/making-files-accessible/checklist/pdf/index.html

If this request was sent to the wrong department or agency, please let me know so that I can send to the correct place.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Please note that I am a citizen of Virginia, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.

Sincerely,

Tom Nash

From: Virginia Beach Police Department

VBPD is in receipt of your request dated 110819. We've not received this request prior.

Rana N. Hoover
FOIA Technician
Office of Internal Affairs
Virginia Beach Police Department
2509 Princess Anne Road Building #11
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Main: 757-385-4702
FOIA Email vbpdfoia@vbgov.com

From: Virginia Beach Police Department

Please see attached response letter.

Rana N. Hoover
FOIA Technician
Office of Internal Affairs
Virginia Beach Police Department
2509 Princess Anne Road Building #11
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Main: 757-385-4702
FOIA Email vbpdfoia@vbgov.com

From: Lucy Parsons Labs

Could you please clarify -- is *all* of the information from this request exempt? Are there no points of record in my request that would be releasable through FOIA?

I am certain that there is a middle ground.

From: Virginia Beach Police Department

The material is criminal investigation information or material. As such, it is exempted from disclosure, at our discretion under Section ยง 2.2-3706 (B) (1) of the Code of Virginia (Freedom of Information Act). It is the policy of this office not to release criminal investigative information or material without a Subpoena.

Rana N. Hoover
FOIA Technician
Office of Internal Affairs
Virginia Beach Police Department
2509 Princess Anne Road Building #11
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Main: 757-385-4702
FOIA Email vbpdfoia@vbgov.com

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