Worcester Police Immigration Policy

Grace Raih filed this request with the Worcester Police Department of Worcester, MA.
Due Feb. 16, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Grace Raih

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I request any and all records, electronic or written form, including but not limited to, orders and reports regarding the Worcester Police Department’s policing policy of un-documented immigrants created between Jan. 1st 2017 and present.

In addition, I request the number of ICE referrals made by the WPD since Jan. 1st, 2016 to present grouped by month, year, and reason for arrest, reason for referral, and whether ICE took custody of the arrestee or not.

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.


Grace Raih

From: Hanlon, Michael J.

To Whom it May Concern,

We received your records request regarding the Worcester Police Department's documents and reports regarding our policing policy of undocumented immigrants created between January 1st 2017-present. Please be advised that there are no documents that pertain to your request.

We also received your request for the number of ICE referrals made by the WPD since January 2016. Just as a background, notifications made to ICE by the WPD are in the form of electronic fingerprints automatically sent at the time of booking after arrest for a separate offense.

From: Grace Raih

Dear Mr. Hanlon,

Thank you for your response, this information was very helpful. Regarding the electronic fingerprints, I would like to know if you keep records or tallies of these incidents and if they are considered public record.

Thanks again,

Grace Raih

From: Hanlon, Michael J.

We do not keep a record or log of people who are fingerprinted and subsequently determined to have an ICE detainer. Everyone who is arrested in Worcester is fingerprinted during the booking process. Those fingerprints are automatically entered into the AFIS nationwide database. There is no hard copy or computerized copy on our end.


Sergeant Michael Hanlon


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