Dear Jane:

This is a request under Massachusetts Public Record Law.

I am requesting to be provided copies of the following records:

All Internal Investigation Case Files for the Northampton Police Department

Thank you.
Dear Defundnpd:

This is in response to your Public Records Request dated July 5, 2020.  I have forwarded this request to Chief Jody Kasper.  I do not have access to the records you are looking for.  Chief Kasper will respond to you shortly.

Sincerely,
Jane Lawnicki
Records Supervisor



Hi Jane,

Thank you for the quick response. I apologize for my confusion, but you are listed on the City website as the Records Access Officer for the Police Department, not Chief Jody Kasper (https://www.northamptonma.gov/1735/Public-Records-Requests).

Should requests under Massachusetts Public Records Law (M. G. L. Chapter 66, Section 10) for the Police Department's records be direct to Chief Jody Kasper?





Yes.  
If I am unable to fulfill the request,  I make sure it goes to the right I person.


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


Hi Jane,

Thank you for the quick response. I apologize for my confusion, but you are listed on the City website as the Records Access Officer for the Police Department, not Chief Jody Kasper (https://www.northamptonma.gov/1735/Public-Records-Requests).

Should requests under Massachusetts Public Records Law (M. G. L. Chapter 66, Section 10) for the Police Department's records be direct to Chief Jody Kasper?





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On Monday, July 6, 2020 10:34 AM, Jane Lawnicki <jlawnicki@northamptonma.gov> wrote:

Dear Defundnpd:

This is in response to your Public Records Request dated July 5, 2020.  I have forwarded this request to Chief Jody Kasper.  I do not have access to the records you are looking for.  Chief Kasper will respond to you shortly.

Sincerely,
Jane Lawnicki
Records Supervisor



On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 4:59 PM defundnpd <defundnpd@protonmail.com> wrote:
Dear Jane:

This is a request under Massachusetts Public Record Law.

I am requesting to be provided copies of the following records:

All Internal Investigation Case Files for the Northampton Police Department

Thank you.

I dont mean to be confusing,  requests should come to me



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


Hi Jane,

Thank you for the quick response. I apologize for my confusion, but you are listed on the City website as the Records Access Officer for the Police Department, not Chief Jody Kasper (https://www.northamptonma.gov/1735/Public-Records-Requests).

Should requests under Massachusetts Public Records Law (M. G. L. Chapter 66, Section 10) for the Police Department's records be direct to Chief Jody Kasper?





‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Monday, July 6, 2020 10:34 AM, Jane Lawnicki <jlawnicki@northamptonma.gov> wrote:

Dear Defundnpd:

This is in response to your Public Records Request dated July 5, 2020.  I have forwarded this request to Chief Jody Kasper.  I do not have access to the records you are looking for.  Chief Kasper will respond to you shortly.

Sincerely,
Jane Lawnicki
Records Supervisor



On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 4:59 PM defundnpd <defundnpd@protonmail.com> wrote:
Dear Jane:

This is a request under Massachusetts Public Record Law.

I am requesting to be provided copies of the following records:

All Internal Investigation Case Files for the Northampton Police Department

Thank you.

I understand. Thank you.

I will look forward to the response from Chief Jody Kasper for these records.




Good Morning,

Please see the attached letter regarding this request.   Note that this is not a denial as stated below.  That is just what I named the document.

It's not totally clear the extent of these records. So maybe it would make sense to start with an estimate for the full extent?

Thank you.


Thank you,  I will get this estimate to you soon.

Good Afternoon,

I have attached the estimate for your Public Records Request dated July 5, 2020 in which you requested "All Internal Investigation Case Files for the Northampton Police Department".

Please contact me if you have any questions,

Best,
Jane Lawnicki
Records Supervisor

Thank you, Jane. This cost does seem prohibitive.

Can you give a sense of the number of reports / span of time this covers?

Could you provide an index of the reports that could be used to determine which specific reports are most relevant for inquiry?


Thanks again.


Good Morning,

I was informed that Internal Investigations back to 2002 are in a folder in the Captain of Operations office.  There are 236 reports in these files.  I am unable to create an index of these files.  
Any reports prior to 2002 are in the individual officers personnel files.  Reports prior to 2002 would take the most time to search and compile as I would need to go through each file.  

Sincerely,
Jane Lawnicki
Records Supervisor

Thanks for these details.

To confirm, the $10,003.84 estimate would encompass only the 236 reports in Captain of Operations office? Or would it include the reports prior to 2002?




The estimate is  going back prior to 2002.  If I only went back to 2002 the estimate would be $4,266.88 plus .05 cents per page ( I estimate 1000 pages)



I request that these fees be waived as I believe these documents are in the public interest.

The documents are being requested in the process of data collection intended to keep our community informed about the actions of its police department. They will provide oversight and allow for a full and fair assessment by the community.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at DefundNPD.com and will not be used for commercial purposes.

In light of the currently forming Northampton Policing Review Commission, and the commitment of the Mayor and the City Council to initiate a sweeping public policy review and community conversation about policing and community safety, I am certain you will agree that the public interest in disclosure of the Internal Affairs Case Files of the Northampton Police Department is significant.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation with this request.



I have received your request and will speak with Chief Kasper and get back to you.

Sincerely,
Jane Lawnicki
Records Supervisor

Hi Jane:

I just wanted to follow up on the status of this request. Please let me know when you think I should expect a response.

Thanks again.


Good Afternoon,

After conferring with the City's Attorney, we are denying your request for a waiver of the fees associated with producing these records.  This Public Records Request would be a tremendous 
 amount of work for the NPD staff and would be a financial hardship on the City of Northampton.

Sincerely,
Jane Lawnicki
Records Supervisor
Sincerely,
Jane Lawnicki
Records Supervisor

Hello,

 

Please be aware, the Supervisor of Records has issued a determination relating to an appeal in which you were involved. This determination is attached, and available online at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/AppealsWeb/AppealsStatus.aspx.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Records Division at 617-727-2832 or pre@sec.state.ma.us.

 

Thank you,

 

Fredson Sossavi

Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth

Public Records Division

One Ashburton Place, Room 1719

Boston, MA 02108

617-727-2832



I have attached a copy of my request to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Public Records Division for an extension of time to furnish the copies of records you requested once we receive payment.

Best,
Jane Lawnicki
Records Supervisor