Police Officers Living in Public Housing (Worcester City Clerk)

Joshua Dankoff filed this request with the Worcester City Clerk of Worcester, MA .
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W004759-040721

Multi Request Police Officers Living in Public Housing
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From: Joshua Dankoff


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. Rules, policies, or other practice documents concerning residency restrictions for police officers, command staff, and other police staff. If residency restrictions allow for a waiver, then records for each year from 2016 through 2021 that reflect
(a) the number of residency rule waivers applied,
(b) the stated reason for the residency waiver, and
(c) the outcome of the residency waiver.

2. Rules, policies, or other practice documents from your municipality that lay out whether police department staff (including officers) can receive housing subsidies and/or live in public housing, even if they do not qualify under the income guidelines.

3. Records that indicate for each year from 2016 through 2021 how many police department staff (including officers and staff of all ranks) live in public housing, and the name of the housing development where the officer lives. This can either be a snapshot on January 1st of each year 2016 through 2021, or a summary of the entire period

4. Records that indicate housing allowances or other subsidized housing (not already covered in question 3 above) provided to police department staff (including officers and command staff) in your or another municipality.

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.

Sincerely,

Joshua Dankoff

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Dear Joshua Dankoff:

Thank you for your public records request. Your request has been received by City of Worcester and is being processed in accordance with the Massachusetts Public Records Law. Your request was created on 4/5/2021 and given the reference number W004759-040721 for tracking purposes.

Records Requested: Worcester City Clerk

PRL Office

Room 206

455 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608

April 5, 2021

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. Rules, policies, or other practice documents concerning residency restrictions for police officers, command staff, and other police staff. If residency restrictions allow for a waiver, then records for each year from 2016 through 2021 that reflect

(a) the number of residency rule waivers applied,

(b) the stated reason for the residency waiver, and

(c) the outcome of the residency waiver.

2. Rules, policies, or other practice documents from your municipality that lay out whether police department staff (including officers) can receive housing subsidies and/or live in public housing, even if they do not qualify under the income guidelines.

3. Records that indicate for each year from 2016 through 2021 how many police department staff (including officers and staff of all ranks) live in public housing, and the name of the housing development where the officer lives. This can either be a snapshot on January 1st of each year 2016 through 2021, or a summary of the entire period

4. Records that indicate housing allowances or other subsidized housing (not already covered in question 3 above) provided to police department staff (including officers and command staff) in your or another municipality.

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.

Sincerely,

Joshua Dankoff

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Good afternoon Mr. Dankoff,
Please be advised that the City of Worcester received three identical public records requests from you using three different MuckRock email addresses. We have manually entered your request once in our GovQA system and you should have received a verification email on that earlier today. I just wanted to let you know that the other two identical requests will not be responded to. In the future, please enter public records requests using the City of Worcester's online public records portal. Public Records Requests | City of Worcester, MA (https://u8387778.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=bQH7YI59fmjg-2BFK-2B4CL7ZANDXOGJdewy4PslgL3NC36FrpUqRTlH4xqu28Nko9-2B379XqO7zASLK7NrAgEh-2FVAw-3D-3Dx41O_h3VJS0Xlhj2W5RhpL1RunNlAgrwKSILBYhDJyDjtXlyPdLRiPW9dHvyp70O-2FOzzJKgSRpzCg4OgVhHq5A4hAIBojZOBcfA0Oa88Ss7Cq3WBXuIyUit0duy-2F26b6vPkbioWJp2Autv9XeGxOlEvw-2FYMXhxY1Q5K45X2mpdWtDKlqGPh5x61OATwNbJQTluKg4nIpdEOk7ISIU3PaPMCgCeRatu-2BkYSC5qO4tnZlPfXky39nnLusZCeO9BZHjIFTNj)
Thank you.
Mike Vigneux
Records Access Officer
City of Worcester

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From: Worcester City Clerk

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RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of April 05, 2021, Reference # W004759-040721.

Dear Joshua Dankoff,

The City of Worcester received a public information request from you on April 05, 2021. Your request mentioned:
"Worcester City Clerk
PRL Office
Room 206
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

April 5, 2021

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. Rules, policies, or other practice documents concerning residency restrictions for police officers, command staff, and other police staff. If residency restrictions allow for a waiver, then records for each year from 2016 through 2021 that reflect

(a) the number of residency rule waivers applied,

(b) the stated reason for the residency waiver, and

(c) the outcome of the residency waiver.

2. Rules, policies, or other practice documents from your municipality that lay out whether police department staff (including officers) can receive housing subsidies and/or live in public housing, even if they do not qualify under the income guidelines.

3. Records that indicate for each year from 2016 through 2021 how many police department staff (including officers and staff of all ranks) live in public housing, and the name of the housing development where the officer lives. This can either be a snapshot on January 1st of each year 2016 through 2021, or a summary of the entire period

4. Records that indicate housing allowances or other subsidized housing (not already covered in question 3 above) provided to police department staff (including officers and command staff) in your or another municipality.

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.

Sincerely,
Joshua Dankoff"

The City has identified the following responsive records to your request:
1. Rules, policies, or other practice documents concerning residency restrictions for police officers, command staff, and other police staff. REVISED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF WORCESTER (worcesterma.gov) See: Chapter 2, § 8. Residency of Officers and Employees (https://u8387778.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=bQH7YI59fmjg-2BFK-2B4CL7ZANDXOGJdewy4PslgL3NC34O1-2F9bzyEiqWigr2IVFIJfU-2FACp6RxbummyDo2qBAEfzPHAOn7OMVO4Naq7pjw-2Be-2BRf-2FeTUOE-2BjUtahLvQWB3xFITFzvbZg4Yfs57rmENyqg-3D-3DJaQY_h3VJS0Xlhj2W5RhpL1RunNlAgrwKSILBYhDJyDjtXlyPdLRiPW9dHvyp70O-2FOzzJ5I1soo7fJQ1TIXmBnd2h6ExNDwsbc-2BQFPHP3g-2FxqYDpmLN5OzvD-2F7mjEcmURVTxp0p59XlSs58DPgUX3H5tShszig-2BgdlpHUH0hUv0bNwn715-2Fskd9VdPwRtFgoX0japfvLRR2FDtLge-2BwDoYJ9vLQerhvybWewK5c36gkfABnM4t9Ko079HFeikgu4qwfUE) AUTHORITY (worcesterma.gov)  See: Section 1412.11 Residency Distance (https://u8387778.ct.sendgrid.net/ls/click?upn=bQH7YI59fmjg-2BFK-2B4CL7ZANDXOGJdewy4PslgL3NC35E9hFv8sa6w8ck32AT-2BfTXgTKBml552-2BG86e-2BXkgFL6MRoQm-2Bn8GoqxV8CXvuOgiG9uyNxapPGpAn0vuWCNq-2B1FJJQ7ElcQxlVlvYOaPpjWg-3D-3DuKY__h3VJS0Xlhj2W5RhpL1RunNlAgrwKSILBYhDJyDjtXlyPdLRiPW9dHvyp70O-2FOzzJ5I1soo7fJQ1TIXmBnd2h6GjDX3lQdsDEk5VxdthfqararocIZJYN-2BP7s0grZDzCUiv5AevVly0cFeYJxFC8lMCoSh6gzEtXHOW8ibOh7WvJT-2F81rER2OFYCTCOND7JDQJzsTfTUvJvInxW-2Bx5-2BB5xAF19Bw4DhcwJ1skzjncRolJEz1n33QOtsbqgYECVFmw)
If residency restrictions allow for a waiver, then records for each year from 2016 through 2021 that reflect
(a) the number of residency rule waivers applied,
(b) the stated reason for the residency waiver, and
(c) the outcome of the residency waiver.
The City possesses no records responsive to 1(a) 1(b) and 1(c).
2. Rules, policies, or other practice documents from your municipality that lay out whether police department staff (including officers) can receive housing subsidies and/or live in public housing, even if they do not qualify under the income guidelines.
The City possesses no records responsive to this portion of your request.
3. Records that indicate for each year from 2016 through 2021 how many police department staff (including officers and staff of all ranks) live in public housing, and the name of the housing development where the officer lives. This can either be a snapshot on January 1st of each year 2016 through 2021, or a summary of the entire period.
The City possesses no records responsive to this portion of your request.
4. Records that indicate housing allowances or other subsidized housing (not already covered in question 3 above) provided to police department staff (including officers and command staff) in your or another municipality.
The City possesses no records responsive to this portion of your request.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Mike Vigneux
Records Access Officer
City of Worcester

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