Firearm Project, Waco, TX

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Waco Police Department of Waco, TX.
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From: Ben Hallman

Hi,

Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am a journalist requesting access to and copies of data and others records from your agency as part of a national reporting project on the use of stolen firearms in crimes. 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

If possible, I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one firearm. Here is an example:

If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. If such a spreadsheet is not available, please provide any other records that contain this information.

2) Detailed information about seized and/or recovered guns, any guns in evidence, and/or any gun of which the department has taken custody

Third, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, found at crimes scenes or other incidents, seized during investigations, placed into evidence or otherwise under the custody and control of the department, 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, found at crime scenes, seized during investigations or otherwise recovered or taken in by your agency: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime and/or incident from which it was recovered or seized; the police report number for the crime and/or incident; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed and/or the incident occurred. Please include firearms for all offense and incident types, including homicide, robbery, assault, traffic stops, etc.

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.” If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet. If a spreadsheet or database is not available, please release any other records containing the information we seek.

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 owned by the department or under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise unaccounted for. Therefore we request the following:

-- Any and all records of department-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise unaccounted 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 firearm
• The location and address where the firearm was lost or stolen
• The date of the loss or theft.
• The date the loss or theft was reported
• Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered
• If the lost, stolen or missing firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery
• A description of how the firearm was lost, stolen or went missing
• 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, stolen or missing firearms

The records should include but not be limited to audits, inventory reports, databases, internal 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 501c3 nonprofit 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: City of Waco City Secretary’s Office

Dear Brian Freskos,

Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of Waco. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was given the reference number W055875-022817 for tracking purposes.
Records Requested: Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am a journalist requesting access to and copies of data and others records from your agency as part of a national reporting project on the use of stolen firearms in crimes.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 stolenIf possible, I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one firearm. Here is an example: If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. If such a spreadsheet is not available, please provide any other records that contain this information.2) Detailed information about seized and/or recovered guns, any guns in evidence, and/or any gun of which the department has taken custodyThird, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, found at crimes scenes or other incidents, seized during investigations, placed into evidence or otherwise under the custody and control of the department, 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, found at crime scenes, seized during investigations or otherwise recovered or taken in by your agency: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime and/or incident from which it was recovered or seized; the police report number for the crime and/or incident; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed and/or the incident occurred. Please include firearms for all offense and incident types, including homicide, robbery, assault, traffic stops, etc. 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.” If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet. If a spreadsheet or database is not available, please release any other records containing the information we seek. 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 gunsFinally, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that, while owned by the department or under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise unaccounted for. Therefore we request the following: -- Any and all records of department-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise unaccounted 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 firearm• The location and address where the firearm was lost or stolen• The date of the loss or theft. • The date the loss or theft was reported• Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered• If the lost, stolen or missing firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery• A description of how the firearm was lost, stolen or went missing• 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, stolen or missing firearmsThe records should include but not be limited to audits, inventory reports, databases, internal 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 501c3 nonprofit 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 Freskos428 BroadwayNew York, NY 10013Thank 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) 522-6354Sincerely, Brian Freskos------Filed via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 34145-42911988@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRockDEPT MR 34145411A Highland AveSomerville, MA 02144-2516PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question.
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Esmeralda Hudson, City Secretary
City of Waco

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From: City of Waco City Secretary’s Office

Dear Brian Freskos,
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Password: 7103444340 City of Waco

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Brian,
I am working on finding the person that does this.  This is spring break week so it could take a couple of extra days to get it together.

Christina

From: Ben Hallman

Ok thank you

From: City of Waco City Secretary’s Office

Dear Brian Freskos:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Public Information Center by clicking here. (http://www.waco-texas.com/open-records-request.asp) Description: TO: [wacotx@mycusthelp.net]March 9, 2017Waco Police DepartmentWaco Police Department3115 Pine Ave #708Waco, TXThis is a follow up to a previous request:Ok thank you---On March 9, 2017:
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Attachments:
Copy_of_Guns.xlsx (https://wacotx.s3-us-gov-west-1.amazonaws.com/c771f241-c181-c45c-e24d-aedb612baed1.xlsx?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAKU6CPRSDMY3AHTBA&Expires=1492261540&response-content-disposition=attachment%3B%20filename%3DCopy_of_Guns.xlsx&Signature=eSPilSBG5lnIiIgZXQv1zY5cKsE%3D)
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Brian,

Let me know if you got the list.....If not I am going to have to figure out some other way to get it to you without charging a huge fee for pages.

Also,  We do not have any lost or unaccounted for police guns.

Christina

From: City of Waco City Secretary’s Office

03/16/2017

Brian Freskos
MuckRock Dept MR 34145 411 A Highland Ave
Somerville MA 02144-2516

RE: Response to Public Information Request
ORR No: W055875-022817

Dear Brian Freskos:

This email responds to your request for information to the City of Waco, dated and received in our office on 2/28/2017.

Information Requested: Police - Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am a journalist requesting access to and copies of data and others records from your agency as part of a national reporting project on the use of stolen firearms in crimes.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 stolenIf possible, I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one firearm. Here is an example: If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. If such a spreadsheet is not available, please provide any other records that contain this information.2) Detailed information about seized and/or recovered guns, any guns in evidence, and/or any gun of which the department has taken custodyThird, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, found at crimes scenes or other incidents, seized during investigations, placed into evidence or otherwise under the custody and control of the department, 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, found at crime scenes, seized during investigations or otherwise recovered or taken in by your agency: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime and/or incident from which it was recovered or seized; the police report number for the crime and/or incident; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed and/or the incident occurred. Please include firearms for all offense and incident types, including homicide, robbery, assault, traffic stops, etc. 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.” If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet. If a spreadsheet or database is not available, please release any other records containing the information we seek. 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 gunsFinally, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that, while owned by the department or under the control and/or in the possession of their employees, went missing, were lost or stolen, or are otherwise unaccounted for. Therefore we request the following: -- Any and all records of department-issued firearms that were lost, stolen, went missing or are otherwise unaccounted 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 firearm• The location and address where the firearm was lost or stolen• The date of the loss or theft. • The date the loss or theft was reported• Whether each lost or stolen firearm was recovered• If the lost, stolen or missing firearm was recovered, the date and location of the recovery• A description of how the firearm was lost, stolen or went missing• 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, stolen or missing firearmsThe records should include but not be limited to audits, inventory reports, databases, internal 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 501c3 nonprofit 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 Freskos428 BroadwayNew York, NY 10013Thank 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) 522-6354Sincerely, Brian Freskos------Filed via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 34145-42911988@requests.muckrock.comFor mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRockDEPT MR 34145411A Highland AveSomerville, MA 02144-2516PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

The City of Waco has reviewed its files and has located responsive records to your request.  Please log in to the Public Information Center to retrieve the appropriate response. (http://www.waco-texas.com/open-records-request.asp)

If you have any questions, or wish to discuss this further, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Christina Kelinske
Police Department

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From: Brian Freskos

Thank you so much for your help with this request! Would you mind sending me a page that tells what each of the columns in the spreadsheet represent?

From: City of Waco City Secretary’s Office

Dear Brian Freskos:

Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Public Information Center by clicking here. (http://www.waco-texas.com/open-records-request.asp) Description: TO: [wacotx@mycusthelp.net]March 16, 2017Waco Police DepartmentWaco Police Department3115 Pine Ave #708Waco, TXThis is a follow up to a previous request:Thank you so much for your help with this request! Would you mind sending me a page that tells what each of the columns in the spreadsheet represent?

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