Local/State Police Trained by FLETC (Worcester Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Worcester Police Department of Worcester, MA.
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From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Requests, emails , or other written communication to the Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of having Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) programs held in their own jurisdictions. According to the FLETC website, they export programs to state and local police departments tuition-free. The following link is the page in which this is explained. https://www.fletc.gov/registration

The names of all officers in your department who have received training from Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers between 1/1/12 and the date this request was processed. In case your department does not keep such a list, I would like a copy of any forms or applications submitted by officers for training with or expenses related to Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers between 1/1/12 and the date this request is processed.

The following is a list of FLETC courses I would like searched for:
-Active Shooter Threat Training Program
-Advanced Instruction for Marksmanship
-All Terrain Vehicle Training Program
-Advanced Pistol Training Program
-Continuing Legal Education Training Program-Uniformed Police
-Covert Electronic Tracking Program
-Internet Investigations Training Program
-Introduction to Digital Evidence Analysis
-Mobile Device Investigations Program
-Use of Force Instructor Training Program
-Land Transportation Antiterrorism Training Program

If the forms, applications, or requests do not specify which courses are going to be attended than just include any FLETC courses.

As a member of the news media working for MuckRock News I request that a fee waiver for my request be granted. My work has been published by national outlets. My work for Motherboard can be viewed at the following link: http://motherboard.vice.com/author/cwaltman

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Curtis Waltman

From: Hanlon, Michael J.

To whom it may concern,

We have received your request for information pertaining to Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers. Our Technical Services Unit is researching to determine if there were any email communications between our Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Once I receive a response from them regarding how many emails pertain to your request, I will provide you with a good faith estimate in reviewing, redacting, and sending you copies of pertinent emails.

I am currently researching to see if we keep any documentation or lists of officers who have received such training and will provide you with said list should it exist.

Respectfully,

Sergeant Michael Hanlon

From: Hanlon, Michael J.

To Whom It May Concern,

Please see the attached response to your below public records request.

Respectfully,

Sergeant Michael Hanlon

January 22, 2017
Worcester Police Department
Worcester Police Department
Attn: Records Bureau
9-11 Lincoln Square
Worcester, MA 01608

To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
Requests, emails , or other written communication to the Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of having Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) programs held in their own jurisdictions. According to the FLETC website, they export programs to state and local police departments tuition-free. The following link is the page in which this is explained. https://www.fletc.gov/registration
The names of all officers in your department who have received training from Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers between 1/1/12 and the date this request was processed. In case your department does not keep such a list, I would like a copy of any forms or applications submitted by officers for training with or expenses related to Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers between 1/1/12 and the date this request is processed.
The following is a list of FLETC courses I would like searched for:
-Active Shooter Threat Training Program
-Advanced Instruction for Marksmanship
-All Terrain Vehicle Training Program
-Advanced Pistol Training Program
-Continuing Legal Education Training Program-Uniformed Police
-Covert Electronic Tracking Program
-Internet Investigations Training Program
-Introduction to Digital Evidence Analysis
-Mobile Device Investigations Program
-Use of Force Instructor Training Program
-Land Transportation Antiterrorism Training Program
If the forms, applications, or requests do not specify which courses are going to be attended than just include any FLETC courses.
As a member of the news media working for MuckRock News I request that a fee waiver for my request be granted. My work has been published by national outlets. My work for Motherboard can be viewed at the following link: http://motherboard.vice.com/author/cwaltman
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 calendar days, as the statute requires.
Sincerely,
Curtis Waltman
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From: Curtis Waltman

Hi Sergeant Hanlon,
I was wondering if you could check and see how many duplicates are in those emails? and how many might be part of email chains that do not all contain, or even discuss, the keywords. I also am concerned that it is possible some of the more common words in "Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers" may be triggering such an expansive amount of emails. Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Best,
Curtis Waltman

From: Hanlon, Michael J.

Mr. Waltman,

I received your updated public records request and will forward it to Technical Services. I will provide you with a detailed response once I hear back from them.

Respectfully,

Sergeant Michael Hanlon

From: Curtis Waltman

Sergeant Hanlon,
Thank you! I look forward to receiving your response.
Best,
Curtis Waltman
MuckRock News

From: Hanlon, Michael J.

Mr. Waltman,

I spoke with Technical Services regarding your updated public records request. There is no way for Tech Services to do a quick search through the 21,306 emails to determine which ones are part of a chain or which if any are duplicates. To do that, they would again be required to read through each email which would be a time consuming task. If you would like to give us a more narrow search term or a more specific time frame, I will resubmit the request to Technical Services. Otherwise, the original estimate will not change.

Respectfully,

Sergeant Michael Hanlon

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