Scientology Police Reports (Metropolitan Police Department)

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


From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1974, D.C. Code Ann. § 2-531 et seq. ("D.C. Act"), I hereby request the following records:

Reports relating to or mentioning the Scientology or the "Church of Scientology", including incidents and complaints relating to or made from/by the group's local establishment(s).

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established.

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.


Michael Best


BY EMAIL Mr. MichaelBest Re: FOIA Request 2017-FOIA-02056 Dear Mr. Best: This e-mail is in response to your FOIA request for “[r]eportsrelating to or mentioning the Scientology or the ‘Church of Scientology’,including incidents and complaints relating to or made from/by the group'slocal establishment(s).” With respect to your request for complaints, theMetropolitan Police Department (MPD) is unable to fulfill your request. Complaints are received by the Office ofUnified Communications (OUC). OUC isresponsible for all 911 and 311 call-taking, as well as police, fire andmedical dispatch. It has custody of andmaintains recordings of 911 calls and/or data regarding calls for service. You may submit a FOIA request to OUC onlinevia the DC government Public FOIA Portal at Alternatively, you may submit your FOIA request in writing to: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer Office of Unified Communications 2720 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue,S.E. Washington, D.C. 20032 With respect to your request for reports regarding theChurch of Scientology, the records which will be responsive to your request arePublic Incident Reports. The Freedom ofInformation Act (FOIA) Office does not process requests which seek only aPublic Incident Report (formerly known as Form PD-251) or a Traffic CrashReport (formerly known as Form PD-10). Effective February 15, 2016, such requests will be fulfilledonly by the Public Documents Section of the Police Services Division, CorporateSupport Bureau. Public IncidentReport(s) and Traffic Crash Report(s) may be requested by email, in-person, andby mail. For information on how torequest Public Incident and/or Traffic Crash Reports, please go to If youhave any questions, please contact the Public Documents Section of the PoliceServices Division, Corporate Support Bureau at (202) 727-4357. Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to theSuperior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing andcontain “Freedom of Information Act Appeal” or “FOIA Appeal” in the subjectline of the letter, as well as, on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of theoriginal request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of thecircumstances, 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 whichyou can be reached. The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor’s CorrespondenceUnit, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington,D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same informationcan instead be e-mailed to The Mayor’s Correspondence Unit at Further, a copy of all appeal materials mustbe forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency, orto the agency head of that agency, if there is no designated Freedom ofInformation Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps will result indelay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to theMayor. Very truly yours, Donald S.Kaufman MPD FOIA Officer


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