FOI processing manuals, lists and instructions (Metropolitan Police Department)

Emma Best filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

2018-FOIA-06245

Multi Request FOI processing manuals, lists and instructions
Status
Completed

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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of any internal manuals, instructions, forms or checksheets for how the law enforcement agency processes records requests.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Metropolitan Police Department

Dear Mrs./Mrs. Best, This office isin receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Your FOIA requestnumber is 2018-FOIA-06245 and your assigned FOIA Specialist is Lisa Archie-Mills If you have anyquestions regarding your request, please contact the assigned FOIA Specialistat (202) 727-3721.  For ease of reference, we ask that you have your FOIARequest Number available when you contact our office. Fee Notification There is no fee tosubmit a FOIA request. However, you may be charged fees for searching,reviewing, and reproducing records. The Metropolitan Police Department maycharge the following fees:

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Searching for records: $16.00 to $40.00 per hour based on the pay grade of the personnel who performs the search and with the first hour free
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Charges for initial review of documents: $16.00 to $40.00 per hour based on the pay grade of the personnel who performs the review and with the first hour free
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Photocopies: $0.25 per page
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Document certification: $1.00 per document to certify a document as true copy of an agency record
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The direct cost of any service or material for which no fee has been established

Please be aware that you may have to pay search and/or review fees even if the search does not locate any responsive records or if records are located but are withheld as exempt. See DC Official Code § 2-532 and 1 DCMR § 408.
A cursory review of your request indicates the fee for processing this request will be in excess of $50.00.
Please advise this office within five (5) business days from the date of this notification, your willingness to pay. In the meantime your request will be placed on hold pursuant to 1 DMCR § 405.6. If MPD does not receive your response within five (5) business days from the date of this notification, it will presume that you are no longer interested in pursuing your request and will close the request as constructively withdrawn
Regards, LatrinaCrumlin StaffAssistant MetropolitanPolice Department 300Indiana Avenue, Rm 4153 Washington, DC 20001

From: Metropolitan Police Department

September 21, 2018

Emma Best
Dept. MR58233
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Re: FOIA Request No.: 2018-FOIA-06245

Dear Ms. Best,

This e-mail is in response to the above referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the following:

Copies of any internal manuals, instructions, forms or check sheets for how the law enforcement agency processes records requests.

Please find attached, documents deemed responsive to your request. Be advised, some pages of the documents contain names of Metropolitan Police Department members. A release of such information would constitute as a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy and is exempt from disclosure pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-534(a)(2). In addition please see the following link to obtain a copy of General Order 204-04 (Freedom of Information Act Requests: https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/written-directives-general-orders.

Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this e-mail to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter, as well as, on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, an e-mail and/or U.S. mailing address at which you can be reached.
The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 407, Washington, D.C.<https://maps.google.com/?q=1350+Pennsylvania+Avenue,+N.W.,+Suite+407,+Washington,+D.C.+20004&entry=gmail&source=g> <https://maps.google.com/?q=1350+Pennsylvania+Avenue,+N.W.,+Suite+407,+Washington,+D.C.+%C2%A0++20004&entry=gmail&source=g> 20004<https://maps.google.com/?q=1350+Pennsylvania+Avenue,+N.W.,+Suite+407,+Washington,+D.C.+20004&entry=gmail&source=g>. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel at foia.appeals@dc.gov<mailto:foia.appeals@dc.gov>. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency, or to the agency head of that agency, if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there.
Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.
Sincerely,

Lisa Archie-Mills
Supervisory FOIA Specialist
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Rm 4153
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-3721
lisa.archie-mills@dc.gov<mailto:lisa.archie-mills@dc.gov>

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