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Special Police Oversight DCMO FOIA – Chicago Justice Project

This is CJP’s FOIA request to the District of Columbia Mayor’s office (DCMO) regarding this oversight of armed security within the District called special Police.
CJP is conducting research in to oversight of armed private security within the District of Columbia officially known as special police. These special police has an array of policing powers that allow them to arrest, search, detain, and pursue offenders off the property of the where ever they are guarding. Unfortunately for everyone involved the use of these powers by low paid and under-trained private security leads to horrific outcomes.
This request is one of three we have filed simultaneously with the District of Columbia government to pry open records and data related to their oversight of special police. For many, many years this category of private security has been able to operate without scrutiny of just how local officials charged with overseeing their actions are or are not fulfilling this role. Through our transparency efforts we will be bringing in light to how the special police are regulated for the first time in decades.
You can access our FOIA request to the DC Metropolitan Police Department here.
You can access our FOIA request to the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs here.
Below is the content of our FOIA request to the DC Mayor’s office (DCMO).
To:     District of Columbia Mayor’s Office
Re:     Special Police Certification
Pursuant DC Code Title 2, Chapter 5, Subchapter II, Freedom of Information (“FOIA”), I, Tracy Siska, along with the Chicago Justice Project (the “Project”), respectfully requests copies of the below-listed public records from the District of Columbia Mayor’s Office (“DCMO”).
 
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(a) the type of Document, e.g., letter or memorandum;
(b) general subject matter of the Document;
(c) the date of the Document;
(d) such other information as is sufficient to identify the Document for a subpoena duces tecum, including, where appropriate, the author, addressee, and any other recipient of the Document, and, where not apparent, the relationship of the author, addressee, and any other recipient to each other; and
(e) the nature of the privilege or protection;
(f) if applicable, the litigation or trial of which the document was created in anticipation.
 
 
(a) date of disposal, loss, or destruction;
(b) manner of disposal, loss, or destruction;
(c) reason for disposal or destruction, or any explanation of loss;
(d) persons authorizing the disposal or destruction;
(e) persons having knowledge of the disposal, destruction, or loss; and
(f) persons who destroyed, lost, or disposed or the Document or Thing.
 
 
 
FOIA A
 
Please provide copies of all documents submitted by any individual or corporation seeking the commission of any individual as a special police officer under D.C. Municipal Regulations 6A 1100.1 or D.C. Official Code §4-114 for the years 2017-2022.
 
FOIA B
 
Please provide copies of the all documents, including but not limited commissions for each special police officer, created or maintained by the DCMO related to the applications submitted under FOIA A of this request.
 
FOIA C
 
Please provide a copy of any database in delimited format the DCMO maintains to track special police officers working in District of Columbia.
 
 
 
 
FOIA D
 
Please provide copies of all complaints the DCMO has received regarding special police officer conduct and any records created in response, including but not limited to investigative records, to those complaints for the years 2017-2022.
 
FOIA E
 
Please provide all records related to the DCMO revoking the commission of any special police officer appointed under D.C. Municipal Regulations 6A 1100.1 or D.C. Official Code §4-114 during the years 2017-2022.
 
FOIA F
 
Please provide records sufficient to show the number of individuals commissioned as special police officers under D.C. Municipal Regulations 6A 1100.1 or D.C. Official Code §4-114 within the District of Columbia for the years 2017-2022.
 
FOIA G
 
Please provide records sufficient to show the number of individuals who had their commissions as special police officers renewed or revoked under D.C. Municipal Regulations 6A 1100.1 or D.C. Official Code §4-114 within the District of Columbia suspended for the years 2017-2022.
 
FOIA H
 
Please provide all records submitted to the DCMO related to training special police officers under D.C. Municipal Regulations 6A 1100.1 or D.C. Official Code §4-114 are required to undergo.
 
FOIA I
Please provide copies of the all documents, including but not limited commissions for each special police officer, created or maintained by the DCMO related to the applications submitted under D.C. Municipal Regulations 6A 1103.3 by any individual or corporations seeking authorization to carry a firearm as a special police officer for the years 2017-2022.
 
FOIA J
Please provide all records submitted to the DCMO related the training special police officers under D.C. Municipal Regulations 6A 1103.3 are required to undergo to gain or maintain their firearm certification.
 
FOIA K
Records sufficient to show Your efforts to locate and produce the records requested in FOIA A-J above. This should include:
 
Pursuant to 1 DCMR § 408.9 of FOIA, I request that the searching and copying fees associated with these requests be waived because it would be in the public interest. The Chicago Justice Project is a non-profit organization with a focus on providing the public with transparency around justice system policies and police conduct
I look forward to hearing from you in writing within five working days, as required by the Act 5 ILCS 140(3).  Please direct all questions or responses to this FOIA request to this email address by responding to this email. I can be reached at tsiska@chicagojustice.org
 
Sincerely,
Tracy Siska
Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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