|Submitted||April 11, 2017|
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
The number of ICE/CBP referrals made by the agency since January 2012, grouped by month, year, and reason for arrest, reason for referral, and whether ICE took custody of the arrestee or not. The extent of this date range is the date that this request is processed on from, as noted before, January 1st 2012.
Any policies or guidelines on ICE referrals.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
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 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Dear Mr. Waltman,
We have received your request, could you please be more specific and define what it is you actually mean by the term "referral." I ask so that we can process your request more efficiently, we would appreciate if you could define more clearly the specific information that you are looking for.
Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst
Public Information Officer
Worcester Police department
By referral I mean when an arrest is being made, how many times has a Worcester Police officer forwarded that information to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Generally, as I have seen many times with other agencies, there will be a note on the bottom of the arrest report or its own report that the arrestee has been logged with ICE and they will be taking the individual on. I assume WPD has a similar system. Thank you.
Dear Mr. Waltman,
We have looked into your public records request. Please be advised that there are no existing documents that pertain to your request. Just as a background, the Worcester Police Department does not "refer" people to ICE. Notifications made to ICE by the WPD are in the form of electronic fingerprints that are automatically entered into the AFIS database at the time of booking after arrest for a separate offense.