Firearm Project, Wichita, KS

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

Hi,

Pursuant to the state’s public records law, I am requesting access to and copies of records from your agency as part of our continuing coverage of gun trafficking. 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

We would appreciate if this data was provided in a spreadsheet. If a spreadsheet is provided, please provide any record layout and/or code sheets.

The date range for this part is January 1, 2010 to the present.

2) Detailed information about crime guns

Second, it is our understanding that law enforcement agencies maintain detailed records about firearms that were used in crimes, recovered at crimes scenes or seized during investigations in their jurisdictions, 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, recovered at crime scenes or seized during investigations: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime; the police report number for the crime; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed.

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.”

I would like to note that we are not at this time seeking copies of police reports or any other investigative records associated with these crimes; we are only seeking information about the firearms used and some general information about the crimes that is generally released to the public.

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

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

The records should include but not be limited to databases, 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 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: Cobble, Mary

Mr. Freskos, you are in receipt of the invoice for your requests. We are unable to provide records until we have received payment. You had stated that your accounting dept. would be sending a check. Once it has been received, the records will be gathered and then provided to you.

Mary J. Cobble | Legal Secretary | City Attorney's Office | City of Wichita
City Hall - 13th Floor | 455 N. Main Street | Wichita, KS 67202-1689
TEL 316.268.4681 | FAX 316.268.4335

Disclaimer: IMPORTANT/CONFIDENTIAL: This electronic mail message contains information from the Wichita City Attorney's Office which is privileged, confidential, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law and intended only for the use of the addressee(s) named herein. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or an agent of the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the City Attorney's Office (316-268-4681) and delete the message completely from your computer system.

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Mary,

Yes sorry for that email. We have automated follow-ups because we work with so many open requests at one time. I've disabled it here though.

From: Cobble, Mary

No problem. Have a good day.

From: Cobble, Mary

Good afternoon, Brian. Attached is the response to your records requests. We are still waiting for the law enforcement gun information for 2010 and 2011. We should be able to get that to you soon.

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you so much for all this! And please pass along my thanks to anyone who assisted. One question: I don't see the serial numbers in the spreadsheets. Am I looking in the wrong place?

From: Cobble, Mary

Brian, my apologies. That field was overlooked. Attached are the revised documents, including serial numbers. Happy holidays!

Mary J. Cobble | Legal Secretary | City Attorney’s Office | City of Wichita
City Hall – 13th Floor | 455 N. Main Street | Wichita, KS 67202-1689
TEL 316.268.4681 | FAX 316.268.4335

Disclaimer: IMPORTANT/CONFIDENTIAL: This electronic mail message contains information from the Wichita City Attorney’s Office which is privileged, confidential, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law and intended only for the use of the addressee(s) named herein. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or an agent of the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the City Attorney’s Office (316-268-4681) and delete the message completely from your computer system.

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you so much!

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Mary,

Just wanted to followup on Part 3 of the request. The response said there may be some documents related to Glocks that were stolen. Are these documents available?

Thank you,
Brian

From: Cobble, Mary

Hi, Brian. So sorry to be dense, but I don’t see what you are talking about in this chain of emails. They had overlooked the serial numbers, but those were provided. I see nothing about Glocks.

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Mary,

Sorry I would have attached the document I was referencing but unfortunately this system doesn't allow me to send attachments, something I hope they change soon. In the documents you sent me on Dec. 1 there was one titled, "Response to B Freskos." The last paragraph in that document states, "At this time we are still awaiting information pertaining to law enforcement guns for 2010 to present. Due to having received a previous request for this information, we can advise you that there were three Glock 17s stolen from the Wichita Police Department from 2012 to present, one of which was recovered. We anticipate receiving receiving the law enforcement gun information no later than December 7, 2016."

Just wanted to see if this information was available, as we'd like to get some details about how these guns were stolen (home burglary, car burglary, etc.).

If you can't locate the document in this email chain, you can email me on my work email at foia@thetrace.org and I can reply with the document attached.

Thank you,
Brian

From: Cobble, Mary

Hmm, I thought that the updated information was sent on the revised documents. I will have to check the file tomorrow.

From: Ben Hallman

Yeah the stolen Glocks are probably included the data but I think they were perhaps referencing police reports for these three guns as well. We'd like to get information about the circumstances under which these guns were stolen.

Thank you for your help,
Brian

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