Unmarked Vehicle Data, Policies, Reporting, Use (Metropolitan Police Department)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
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Multi Request Unmarked Vehicle Data, Policies, Reporting, Use


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records regarding the use and reporting of use of unmarked vehicles by representatives and employees of this agency:

All policies, statutes, and guidance used to govern the use of unmarked vehicles or any other vehicle used or in the possession of this agency that is not clearly and obviously marked as a law enforcement vehicle.

Please include all policies regarding access to such vehicles, use of the vehicles, internal reporting requirements when such vehicles are used, and external reporting requirements.

A blank version of all forms and logs used by this agency in relation unmarked vehicles, including all those used to track use, damage, and the inventory of vehicles.

All available data, reports, audits, and other aggregated information regarding this agency’s inventory and use of unmarked vehicles for the period from January 1, 2015 through July 31, 2020.

In the initial acknowledgement letter from your agency, if you could please include an indication of whether your agency does use unmarked vehicles in some form, that would be appreciated.

For reference, here are examples of the kinds of materials that would be responsive to this request:
• Pennsylvania state statute (http://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pabull?file=/secure/pabulletin/data/vol35/35-2/55.html);
• opinion of the Wisconsin Attorney General (https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/misc/oag/archival/_293/_1/_16);
• Orlando Police Department policy (https://www.orlando.gov/files/sharedassets/public/documents/opd/policies-and-procedures/police-operations/1132.3-response-to-calls-traffic-stops-by-unmarked-police-vehicles.pdf);
• Howard County, Maryland Internal Audit Report of Police Take-Home Vehicle Program Audit - May 2018 (https://cc.howardcountymd.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=xwqgv-M7q9g%3D&tabid=132&portalid=0)
• Minneapolis’s Daily Activity Report (MP-3006) and Equipment Work Order Log (MP-5400)

If any portion of materials responsive to this request should be deemed unavailable or non-disclosable, please specifically identify the portions of the records or the specific information that is unavailable and the reason for the unavailability.

If any portion of this request is unclear or if this request could be modified to reduce the burden of producing responsive documents or provide them more efficiently or expeditiously, please reply with a request for clarification or a proposed modification.

This request is being made by a reporter as part of a journalistic investigation. It is being submitted as part of a project to better understand uses of police force nationwide, which has been of public interest for many years and which is of particular interest to large new swaths of the public following the widely-seen death of George Floyd and the First Amendment-protected demonstrations and public discussion that have followed.

In the event that there are fees appropriately assessed in association with this request, 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.


Beryl Lipton

From: Metropolitan Police Department

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From: Metropolitan Police Department

DearMr. Lipton, Thisoffice is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. YourFOIA request number is 2020-FOIA-07535 and your assigned FOIA Specialist is Tara Branch. Ifyou have any questions regarding your request, please contact your assignedFOIA Specialist at (202) 727-3721.  For ease of reference, we ask that youhave your FOIA Request Number available when you contact our office. Please know, pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-532(c), we have 15business-days, subject to the possibility of a ten (10) business day extensionto respond to the request as of the date of receipt. Be advised, if your request is for Body WornCamera (BWC) footage, D.C. Code § 2-532(c) allows 25 businessdays subject to the possibility of 15 working-day extension, to respond tothe request as of the date of receipt. COVID-19 Notification Pursuant to section 808 of the CoronavirusSupport Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 , effective June 9, 2020, D.C. Act 23-328, all FOIAdeadlines may be extended during a period of time for which the Mayor hasdeclared a public health emergency.  Pursuant to this provision, we haveclaimed an extension of the time in which to provide a response to yourrequest. egards, LatrinaCrumlin Staff Assistant, FOIA Metropolitan Police Department 300 Indiana Ave NW, RM 4153 Washington, DC 20001

From: Metropolitan Police Department

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