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2020 Police Internal Affairs Summaries and Synopses

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Charlie Kratovil

Dear New Brunswick City,

Under OPRA and the common law right of access, please provide copies of all police internal affairs ("professional standards") summary records for the year 2020, including all annual, quarterly, and monthly reports, as well as the required synopses identifying major discipline cases, in accordance with the Attorney General of New Jersey's Directive 2020-5. Thank you kindly.

Yours faithfully,

Charlie Kratovil

Shalon Bennett, New Brunswick City

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Dear Mr. Kratovil,

 

Please see the attached Response Letter and documents responsive to your
request. Thank you.

 

Best Regards,

Shalon T. Bennett

Deputy Clerk

 

City of New Brunswick

City Clerk’s Office Rm 201

78 Bayard Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 745-5041 (phone)

(732) 745-5009 (fax)

 

 

Charlie Kratovil

Dear New Brunswick City,

I am in receipt of Deputy Director's message stating that: "The New Brunswick Police Department has no record(s) responsive to your request as they apply to the required synopsis identifying major discipline cases, in accordance with the Attorney General of New Jersey’s Directive 2020-5."

I'm following up to ask if that document has been prepared yet. Please provide a copy, or simply name the officers who were subject to major discipline in 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Charlie Kratovil

Leslie Zeledon, New Brunswick City

Mr. Kratovil,

As stated in Deputy Director Miller’s previous response, the City of New Brunswick does not have a document or record responsive to your request. A responsive document will be prepared, at an as yet to be determined later date, in accordance with the NJ Attorney General's Guidelines/Directives. It is our understanding that the Attorney General has set the date of August 9, 2021, which is sixty days from the date of the NJ Supreme Court decision, as the deadline by which each police department must complete the required form.
Please feel free to submit a new OPRA request on or about August 9, 2021, or you could periodically check the New Brunswick Police Department website, which is where the document(s) will be posted when completed.
As you know the City of New Brunswick is not required to provide information pursuant to the OPRA statute only responsive documents. Therefore, the City will not provide the names of officers until such time as the document prepared in response to the Attorney General directive is completed.

Regards,
Leslie R. Zeledón, City Clerk

City of New Brunswick
78 Bayard Street, Rm. 201
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732.745.5041 (phone)
732.745.5009 (fax)

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Charlie Kratovil

Dear Ms. Zeledon,
Why won't the city immediately release the names of the city police officers who were subject to major discipline, now that it is the law of the land?

I will note that the relevant section of the city website does not include any summary reports of major discipline: https://www.cityofnewbrunswick.org/resid...

I am aware there is a template for this kind of record and I have received copies of same from most of the police departments in Middlesex County. It does not take a long time or a lot of effort to input the information into the template.

Is the city saying that creating this public record is not a priority? Is the city really saying that no one can possibly complete this record until August 9?

Please simply identify the officers, or produce the requested record as soon as possible. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Charlie Kratovil

Shalon Bennett, New Brunswick City

Dear Mr. Kratovil,

 

The City of New Brunswick has responded to your Open Public Records
Request, 21.06_342, as required by advising you that there were no
documents responsive to your request.  It remains the understanding of the
Municipal Clerk’s Office that the document you referenced in your initial
request has yet to be created.  As explained to you in our earlier
response the New Brunswick Police Department has until August 9, 2021 to
create and publish the document as required by the New Jersey Attorney
General.  Therefore, the official response from the Clerk’s office remains
the same; there is no document responsive to your request.

 

Your most recent communication, to which this email is in response, seeks
additional information, which this office is not in a position to
provide.  If you have questions as to the policies and procedures within
the New Brunswick Police Department, or if you believe the website link
you provided in your email is missing content you believe should be there,
you may want to contact Deputy Director Miller or Police Director Caputo. 
The Municipal Clerks Office cannot and will not speak for another
municipal department.

 

As for the Clerk’s responsibility to provide any further response, you are
fully aware that the OPRA statute deals specifically with documents and
records.  There is no requirement under the statute to provide information
beyond that which may be contained in a responsive document or record.

 

 

 

Best Regards,

Shalon T. Bennett

Deputy Clerk

 

City of New Brunswick

City Clerk’s Office Rm 201

78 Bayard Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 745-5041 (phone)

(732) 745-5009 (fax)

 

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