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Dear Lakewood Township,

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
Records requested:
body cam footage from all officers involved in failed operation case #12-016941 from 2/4/21

all officers involved agency names and badge numbers

Yours faithfully,

Aaron Williams

Township Clerk, Lakewood Township

Dear Mr. Williams:

Be advised Lakewood Township Police do not have body cams.

Sincerely,

Florence J. Ochs
Administrative Secretary
Township of Lakewood | Township Clerk’s Office
231 Third Street  |  Lakewood, NJ 08701
Email: [email address]
732-364-2500 x5231

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Dear Township Clerk,

these detectives and officers did

Yours sincerely,

AARON C WILLIAMS

Lakewood Township

Township of Lakewood

Open Records Request

 

Reference # OPRA-2021-00249

 

Dear AARON WILLIAMS,

 

On 2/7/2021 4:46:00 PM, Florence Ochs commented regarding your request:

 

BE ADVISED ALL TOWNSHIP BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED.  STAFF IS WORKING REMOTELY. 
THEREFORE, THIS MAY AFFECT THE DUE DATE OF YOUR REQUEST AS ACCESS TO
CERTAIN FILES MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE.  YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND PATIENCE IS
APPRECIATED.  WE WILL ENDEAVOR TO RESPOND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE UNDER THE
CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES

 

If you have any questions, please email [1][Lakewood Township request email].

 

Sincerely,

 

Lauren Kirkman, RMC CMR

Township Clerk

 

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Lakewood Township

Township of Lakewood

Open Records Request

 

Reference # OPRA-2021-00249

 

Dear AARON WILLIAMS,

 

Township of Lakewood has received your Open Public Records Act (OPRA)
request dated 2/7/2021 4:45:00 PM. The official Records Custodian received
your request on 02/07/2021. As such, the seven (7) business day deadline
to respond to your request is 02/18/2021.

 

Your OPRA request sought access to the following information:

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law
right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please
acknowledge receipt of this message.
  Records requested:
body cam footage from all officers involved in failed operation case
#12-016941 from 2/4/21
all officers involved agency names and badge numbers
Yours faithfully,
Aaron Williams

 

Your request is in review as of 02/07/2021 and will be responded to
within 7 business days.

 

If your request for access to a government record has been denied or
unfilled within the seven (7) business days required by law, you have a
right to challenge the decision by Township of Lakewood to deny access. At
your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court
of New Jersey or file a complaint with the Government Records Council
(GRC) by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form.  You may contact
the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at P.O. Box 819,
Trenton, NJ, 08625, by e-mail at [email address], or at their web site
at www.state.nj.us/grc. The GRC can also answer other questions about the
law.  All questions regarding complaints filed in Superior Court should be
directed to the Court Clerk in your County.

 

If you have any questions, please email [1][Lakewood Township request email].

 

Sincerely,

 

Lauren Kirkman, RMC CMR

Township Clerk

 

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1. mailto:[Lakewood Township request email]

Lakewood Township

Township of Lakewood

Open Records Request

 

Reference # OPRA-2021-00249

 

Dear AARON WILLIAMS,

 

On 2/8/2021 8:50:00 AM, Florence Ochs commented regarding your request:

 

AS PER THE POLICE DEPARTMENT:  The police department does not have body
cameras and part 2 is not asking for any particular record
Your statement `all officers involved agency names and badge numbers`
seeks information and does not identify specific government records.  As
such, this portion of your request is an invalid OPRA request and is
denied.  When a request is “complex” because it fails to specifically
identify the documents sought, then that request is not “encompassed” by
OPRA. See New Jersey Builders Association v. New Jersey Council on
Affordable Housing, 390 N.J.Super. 166, 180 (App. Div. 2007).  A proper
request under OPRA must identify with reasonable clarity those documents
that are desired, and a party cannot satisfy this requirement by simply
requesting all of an agency`s documents.  See Bent v. Stafford Police
Department, 381 N.J.Super. 30, 37 (App. Div.  2005). Custodians are not
required to conduct research or create new records in response to an OPRA
request. 
Requestors must identify types of records, dates, parties to
correspondence, subject matter.

 

If you have any questions, please email [1][Lakewood Township request email].

 

Sincerely,

 

Lauren Kirkman, RMC CMR

Township Clerk

 

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1. mailto:[Lakewood Township request email]

Lakewood Township

Township of Lakewood

Open Records Request

 

Reference # OPRA-2021-00249

 

Dear AARON WILLIAMS,

 

Township of Lakewood has received your Open Public Records Act (OPRA)
request dated 02/08/2021. The official Records Custodian received your
request on 02/08/2021. As such, the seven (7) business day deadline to
respond to your request is 02/19/2021.

 

Your OPRA request sought access to the following information:

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law
right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please
acknowledge receipt of this message.
  Records requested:
body cam footage from all officers involved in failed operation case
#12-016941 from 2/4/21
all officers involved agency names and badge numbers
Yours faithfully,
Aaron Williams

 

Response: The Township of Lakewood cannot provide the document(s)
requested because no document relative to the request exists.

 

You have a right to challenge the decision by Township of Lakewood to deny
access. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the
Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint with the Government
Records Council (GRC) by completing the Denial of Access Complaint Form. 
You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at
P.O. Box 819, Trenton, NJ, 08625, by e-mail at [email address], or at
their web site at www.state.nj.us/grc. The GRC can also answer other
questions about the law.  All questions regarding complaints filed in
Superior Court should be directed to the Court Clerk in your County.

 

If you have any questions, please email [1][Lakewood Township request email].

 

Sincerely,

 

Lauren Kirkman, RMC CMR

Township Clerk

 

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1. mailto:[Lakewood Township request email]

Dear Lakewood Township,

so you are saying the green lights emanating from the officers and detectives chests while they executed a search warrant at the residency were not in fact body cams
Yours faithfully,

AARON C WILLIAMS

Township Clerk, Lakewood Township

Dear Mr. Williams:

Sgt. P. LaRosa will be responding to your request directly.

Florence J. Ochs
Administrative Secretary
Township of Lakewood | Township Clerk’s Office
231 Third Street  |  Lakewood, NJ 08701
Email: [email address]
732-364-2500 x5231

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Pete LaRosa,

Good morning Sir,
The Lakewood Police Department does not currently utilize body cameras. 
If you have any further questions, I can be reached at the number below.

Sgt. Peter La Rosa #280

Records/Property Supervisor

Lakewood Police Department
231 Third St.
Lakewood, NJ 08701

732-363-0200 x5377

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From: Township Clerk <[Lakewood Township request email]>
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 8:54 AM
To: AARON C WILLIAMS
<[OPRA #20119 email]>
Cc: Pete LaRosa <[email address]>
Subject: RE: [External] OPRA request - Body cam footage from all officers
involved in police case 12-016941
 
Dear Mr. Williams:

Sgt. P. LaRosa will be responding to your request directly.

Florence J. Ochs
Administrative Secretary
Township of Lakewood | Township Clerk’s Office
231 Third Street  |  Lakewood, NJ 08701
Email: [email address]
732-364-2500 x5231

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