Shotspotter communications

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

2022-FOIA-06412

Due June 6, 2022
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."

2) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."

I ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to further public understanding of government functions and not for any commercial purpose.

In the event that you choose to withhold or redact the records, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation of the statutory and/or case law upon which each rejection or redaction is based.

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,

Todd Feathers

From: Metropolitan Police Department

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From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Todd Feathers, The status for your request is below. Please log into https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the agency's FOIA office that you had submitted your FOIA request to. You can communicate directly with the FOIA office by clicking on Inbox, search the request number, and then click Compose Message. OR, visit to see a list DC Government FOIA Office’s/officer’s contact information and have your Request ID ready. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Contact FOIA Office Request status: Assigned for Processing Request ID: 2022-FOIA-06412 Description: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:1) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 221. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."2) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 221. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."I ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to further public understanding of government functions and not for any commercial purpose.In the event that you choose to withhold or redact the records, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation of the statutory and/or case law upon which each rejection or redaction is based.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,Todd FeathersUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/ Regards,
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From: Metropolitan Police Department

Dear Mr. Feathers, This e-mail is toacknowledge receipt of your FOIA request assigned: 2022-FOIA-06412.Your assigned FOIA Specialist is: RobertEckert.
If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact yourassigned FOIA Specialist who is included in this e-mail.  Be advised, ouroffice has a hybrid onsite/remote work schedule.  Therefore, if you areunable to reach your specialist when calling our office, please make contactvia e-mail.  For ease of reference, we ask that you have your FOIA RequestNumber available when you contact our office. Once the requested documents arereceived, please be advised of the following notations below: RESPONSE TIME Pursuant to D.C. Official Code §2-532(c),  there is a 15 business day statutory allotted time, subject tothe possibility of a ten (10) business day extension from the date of receiptto respond to a FOIA request. If your request is for Body Worn Camera (BWC) footage, there is a25 business day statutory allotted time, subject to the possibility of 15working-day extension from the date of receipt to respond to a Body Worn Camera (BWC) request. REQUEST FOR EXPEDITED SERVICE If you seek expedited service relating to your FOIA request,please be advised, there is no provision or authority under the District ofColumbia Freedom of Information Act laws, to provide expedited service. Therefore, your request will be processed under the provision of the D.C.Official Code §§ 2-531 et seq. Regards, Latrina Crumlin Staff Assistant
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From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Todd Feathers, The status for your request is below. Please log into https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the agency's FOIA office that you had submitted your FOIA request to. You can communicate directly with the FOIA office by clicking on Inbox, search the request number, and then click Compose Message. OR, visit to see a list DC Government FOIA Office’s/officer’s contact information and have your Request ID ready. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Contact FOIA Office Request status: In Process Request ID: 2022-FOIA-06412 Description: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:1) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 221. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."2) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 221. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."I ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to further public understanding of government functions and not for any commercial purpose.In the event that you choose to withhold or redact the records, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation of the statutory and/or case law upon which each rejection or redaction is based.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,Todd FeathersUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/ Regards,
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From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Todd Feathers, The status for your request is below. Please log into https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the agency's FOIA office that you had submitted your FOIA request to. You can communicate directly with the FOIA office by clicking on Inbox, search the request number, and then click Compose Message. OR, visit to see a list DC Government FOIA Office’s/officer’s contact information and have your Request ID ready. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Contact FOIA Office Request status: Closed Request ID: 2022-FOIA-06412 Description: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:1) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 221. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."2) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 221. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."I ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to further public understanding of government functions and not for any commercial purpose.In the event that you choose to withhold or redact the records, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation of the statutory and/or case law upon which each rejection or redaction is based.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,Todd FeathersUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/ Regards,
DC Government FOIA Portal

From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Todd Feathers, The status for your request is below. Please log into https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the agency's FOIA office that you had submitted your FOIA request to. You can communicate directly with the FOIA office by clicking on Inbox, search the request number, and then click Compose Message. OR, visit to see a list DC Government FOIA Office’s/officer’s contact information and have your Request ID ready. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Contact FOIA Office Request status: Assigned for Processing Request ID: 2022-FOIA-06412 Description: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:1) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."2) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."I ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to further public understanding of government functions and not for any commercial purpose.In the event that you choose to withhold or redact the records, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation of the statutory and/or case law upon which each rejection or redaction is based.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,Todd FeathersUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/ Regards,
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From: Metropolitan Police Department

May 25, 2022

Todd Feathers
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 128884
263 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: FOIA Request No. 2022-FOIA-06412

Dear Mr. Feathers:

This concerns your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for:

"1) All emails exchanges-including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments-between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com<mailto:"1)%20All%20emails%20exchanges-including%20incoming%20messages,%20outgoing%20messages,%20forwards,%20and%20attachments-between%20the%20department's%20chief/commissioner%20and%20ShotSpotter%20representatives%20since%20January%201,%202021.%20ShotSpotter%20representatives%20can%20be%20identified%20by%20searching%20the%20department's%20email%20system%20for%20addresses%20ending%20in%20%22@shotspotter.com>."

2) All emails exchanges-including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments-between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."

Upon review, it is not clear as to exactly which records are requested in this FOIA request, as while it provides certain search parameters, it does not include a description of a particular matter covered by, or a particular subject of, the records that you seek, which is required to perform a reasonable and adequate search for responsive records.

Please provide a revised description of what specific records are sought in this FOIA request. If you no longer have a need for the records you seek, no further response is needed because after five (5) working days we will interpret nonresponse as a request for withdrawal, and close our file on the request.

Sincerely,
Bob Eckert
FOIA Specialist
Freedom of Information Act Office
Metropolitan Police Department
District of Columbia
Robert.eckert@dc.gov<mailto:Robert.eckert@dc.gov>
"Excellence is transferable."

From: Todd Feathers

Hello Bob,

I believe I've adequately described these records—it should be pretty easy for your IT folks to search the department's email client system for emails between the department employees I identified and email addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com." This is a routine way of searching for emails.

The Freedom of Information Act does not require a "description of a particular matter covered by, or a particular subject of, the records that you seek." I have identified the senders and recipients of the emails and the time frame, which is all the information you need to conduct a search.

Please confirm you are processing this request. If you intend to deny it, I ask that you cite the specific exemptions under which you are withholding the records, as required by law.

Todd

From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Todd Feathers, The status for your request is below. Please log into https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the agency's FOIA office that you had submitted your FOIA request to. You can communicate directly with the FOIA office by clicking on Inbox, search the request number, and then click Compose Message. OR, visit to see a list DC Government FOIA Office’s/officer’s contact information and have your Request ID ready. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Contact FOIA Office Request status: In Process Request ID: 2022-FOIA-06412 Description: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:1) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."2) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."I ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to further public understanding of government functions and not for any commercial purpose.In the event that you choose to withhold or redact the records, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation of the statutory and/or case law upon which each rejection or redaction is based.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,Todd FeathersUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/ Regards,
DC Government FOIA Portal

From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Todd Feathers, The status for your request is below. Please log into https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the agency's FOIA office that you had submitted your FOIA request to. You can communicate directly with the FOIA office by clicking on Inbox, search the request number, and then click Compose Message. OR, visit to see a list DC Government FOIA Office’s/officer’s contact information and have your Request ID ready. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Contact FOIA Office Request status: Closed Request ID: 2022-FOIA-06412 Description: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:1) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."2) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."I ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to further public understanding of government functions and not for any commercial purpose.In the event that you choose to withhold or redact the records, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation of the statutory and/or case law upon which each rejection or redaction is based.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,Todd FeathersUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/ Regards,
DC Government FOIA Portal

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

Why was this request closed?

Please confirm receipt of this message and confirm that you are still processing my request or provide me with a letter of denial.

Todd

From: Metropolitan Police Department

Hello Mr. Feathers,

As I received no response to my request for clarification, the request was closed. As it was closed because I received no response, it was not a denial.

Nevertheless, I have just now noticed your message in FOIAXpress and we will proceed to do a search in this case, although the search will take time as MPD must coordinate with an outside agency to do the search.

Additional time will be required to review any records located for responsiveness, and for material that may be exempt from release under the District of Columbia FOIA, and to coordinate with other components or agencies that may have an interest in the disposition of such records.

Now that this request has been assigned to a FOIA Specialist, please respond directly by e-mail, rather than through the FOIAxpress system.
Thanks,
Bob Eckert
FOIA Specialist
MPD FOIA Office
Robert.eckert@dc.gov<mailto:Robert.eckert@dc.gov>
"Excellence is transferable."

From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Todd Feathers, The status for your request is below. Please log into https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the agency's FOIA office that you had submitted your FOIA request to. You can communicate directly with the FOIA office by clicking on Inbox, search the request number, and then click Compose Message. OR, visit to see a list DC Government FOIA Office’s/officer’s contact information and have your Request ID ready. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Contact FOIA Office Request status: Assigned for Processing Request ID: 2022-FOIA-06412 Description: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:1) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's chief/commissioner and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."2) All emails exchanges–including incoming messages, outgoing messages, forwards, and attachments–between the department's public information and/or media relations staff members and ShotSpotter representatives since January 1, 2021. ShotSpotter representatives can be identified by searching the department's email system for addresses ending in "@shotspotter.com."I ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to further public understanding of government functions and not for any commercial purpose.In the event that you choose to withhold or redact the records, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation of the statutory and/or case law upon which each rejection or redaction is based.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,Todd FeathersUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/ Regards,
DC Government FOIA Portal

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