Request #16-1941
  Closed

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 four 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

I would be grateful if this data was collated into a spreadsheet where each row represents one case. Here is an example:

 

Case Number

Firearm Serial Number

Firearm Make

Firearm Model

Firearm Caliber

Firearm type

Other descriptive information

15-0001

1234

Glock

G31

0.357

Handgun

Black grip

15-0002

2345

Smith & Wesson

M&P 15 SPORT

5.56mm

Rifle

Scope attachment

15-0003

3456

Glock

G37

0.45

Handgun

Tan grip

 

 If a database is provided, please provide the record layout and/or code sheet. 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, seized during investigations or otherwise recovered: the make, model, and serial number of each gun; the date of the crime and/or incident from which it was recovered; the police report number for the crime and/or incident; the type of crime the firearm was used in; and the address where the crime was committed and/or the incident occurred.

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.” If a spreadsheet is provided, please also provide a record layout and/or code sheet.

 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

 Third, 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.

 

 4) Number of sworn law enforcement personnel

 Finally, the Federal Bureau of Investigation publishes annually data on the number of law enforcement officers employed by city agencies as part of its Uniform Crime Reporting program. The number of officers employed by your department was not included in the FBI’s 2015 dataset, the most recent one available. Therefore, we are requesting the following:

 -- The number of law enforcement officers employed by your department. Please only provide the number sworn law enforcement officers, excluding all civilian employees.

 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

 


Received

October 31, 2016 via web


Due

June 21, 2017


Departments

Media Request - NOPD


Requester

Brian Freskos

Documents

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Staff

Point of Contact

Jezreel Joseph

Request Closed Public

Our office has closed this request. Please remit payment and/or schedule an appointment to review records.

June 19, 2017, 4:01pm
Due Date Changed Public
06/21/2017 (was 06/14/2017). Waiting on printouts from CE&P.
June 14, 2017, 12:02pm
Due Date Changed Public
06/14/2017 (was 05/31/2017).
June 7, 2017, 10:51am
Due Date Changed Public
Due date changed from 11/18/2016 to 05/31/2017. Waiting to hear back from CE&P.
May 18, 2017, 3:40pm
Request Reopened Public
April 3, 2017, 12:13pm
Request Closed Public

No Response From Requester

We closed this request after we were unable to obtain additional information from the requester.

November 21, 2016, 9:29am
Document(s) Released Public
Number of sworn law enforcement personnel as of 11.pdf
November 21, 2016, 9:28am
Due Date Changed Public
Due date changed from 11/10/2016 to 11/18/2016. Waiting on response from personnel.
November 11, 2016, 9:22am
Due Date Changed Public
Due date changed from 11/03/2016 to 11/10/2016. Waiting on response from requester.
November 4, 2016, 9:28am
Request Published Public
November 1, 2016, 11:39am
Department Assignment Public
Media Request - NOPD
November 1, 2016, 10:43am
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
October 31, 2016, 5:33pm