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:

I would like a copy of all summonses written or warnings issued from March 1, 2020 through March 29, 2020

I would like a copy of all video footage (body camera or dash camera). For all instances of the police stopping weddings or any type of party in Lakewood from March 1, 2020 through March 29, 2020

I would like a copy of all email logs from March 1, 2020 through March 29, 2020 for the mayor and council members (name of sender, subject and date).

I would like a copy of all police officer briefings or memorandum issued by the police department from March 1, 2020 through March 29, 2020

Yours faithfully,

William Bailey

Lakewood Township

Township of Lakewood

Open Records Request

 

Reference # OPRA-2020-02480

 

Dear William Bailey,

 

Township of Lakewood has received your Open Public Records Act (OPRA)
request dated 3/31/2020 9:19:36 AM. The official Records Custodian
received your request on 03/31/2020. As such, the seven (7) business day
deadline to respond to your request is 04/09/2020.

 

Your OPRA request sought access to the following information:

I would like a copy of all summonses written or warnings issued from March
1, 2020 through March 29, 2020  I would like a copy of all video footage
(body camera or dash camera). For all instances of the police stopping
weddings or any type of party in Lakewood from March 1, 2020 through March
29, 2020  I would like a copy of all email logs from March 1, 2020 through
March 29, 2020 for the mayor and council members (name of sender, subject
and date).    I would like a copy of all police officer briefings or
memorandum issued by the police department from March 1, 2020 through
March 29, 2020

 

Your request is in review as of 03/31/2020 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

Deputy Township Clerk

Township Clerk`s Office

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Lakewood Township

Township of Lakewood

Open Records Request

 

Reference # OPRA-2020-02480

 

Dear William Bailey,

 

Florence Ochs has commented the following on 3/31/2020 9:19:00 AM: 

BE ADVISED THE TOWNSHIP BUILDING IS 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.

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Lauren Kirkman, RMC CMR

Deputy Township Clerk

Township Clerk`s Office

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Township of Lakewood

Open Records Request

 

Reference # OPRA-2020-02480

 

Dear William Bailey,

 

Lauren Kirkman has commented the following on 4/7/2020 11:32:00 AM: 

Please be advised the Township Municipal buildings are closed to the
public as well as non-essential personnel.  Township staff is working
remotely and does not have access to all township files. However, even if
the Township building were open, due to the nature and volume of the
records you are requesting the Township would and does need to seek an
extension of time so that we may collate, review and redact the voluminous
amount of material you have requested.  The Township requests an extension
of time until Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  In the interim the Township will
continue to work on your request to the best of our abilities.  Thank you!

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

Lauren Kirkman, RMC CMR

Deputy Township Clerk

Township Clerk`s Office

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Township of Lakewood

Open Records Request

 

Reference # OPRA-2020-02480

 

Dear William Bailey,

 

Township of Lakewood has received your Open Public Records Act (OPRA)
request dated 03/31/2020. The official Records Custodian received your
request on 03/31/2020. As such, the seven (7) business day deadline to
respond to your request is 05/15/2020.

 

Your OPRA request sought access to the following information:

I would like a copy of all summonses written or warnings issued from March
1, 2020 through March 29, 2020  I would like a copy of all video footage
(body camera or dash camera). For all instances of the police stopping
weddings or any type of party in Lakewood from March 1, 2020 through March
29, 2020  I would like a copy of all email logs from March 1, 2020 through
March 29, 2020 for the mayor and council members (name of sender, subject
and date).    I would like a copy of all police officer briefings or
memorandum issued by the police department from March 1, 2020 through
March 29, 2020

 

The following departments have made these decisions upon your request:

 

Department Name Status
Police Department Assigned
Manager and Mayors Office Assigned
Information and Technology Assigned
Township Attorney Assigned

 

The reasons for denial are listed below:

Denial per N.J.S.A 47:1A-1.1, Executive Order No. 21, or Executive Order
No. 26

 

The following records are being provided in their entirety and are
responsive to your request (Should there be a link below please click
otherwise please see attached):

ATTACHED FIND SUMMONSES REQUESTED.  ATTACHED FIND EMAIL LOGS REQUESTED. 
Redactions have been made in accordance with N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 “a public
agency has a responsibility and an obligation to safeguard from public
access a citizen`s personal information with which it has been entrusted
when disclosure thereof would violate the citizen`s reasonable expectation
of privacy.”  And Burnett v. County of Bergen, 198 N.J. 408 (2009).
Without ambiguity, the court held that the privacy provision “is neither a
preface nor a preamble.”  Rather, “the very language expressed in the
privacy clause reveals its substantive nature; it does not offer reasons
why OPRA was adopted, as preambles typically do; instead, it focuses on
the law’s implementation.”  “Specifically, it imposes an obligation on
public agencies to protect against disclosure of personal information
which would run contrary to reasonable privacy interests.”  As well as the
HIPPA, Privacy Act.  Please note the Township does not have body cams, so
there is no body cam footage.  Due to the volume of your request the
Township will need until Friday, May 15 for your other items. 
Additionally, due to the size of the video file the Township is unable to
to email the dash cam records.  WE CAN BURN THE VIDEOS ONTO A THUMB DRIVE
AND MAIL IT TO AN ADDRESS YOU MUST PROVIDE.  THE COST OF THE THUMB DRIVE
WITH POSTAGE IS $7.68.  WE REQUIRE PAYMENT BEFORE MAILING.  UPON RECEIPT
OF YOU CHECK, THE THUMB DRIVE WILL BE MAILED TO WHATEVER ADDRESS YOU
PROVIDE.

 

The records are being transmitted to you via as per your request.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5.b. the cost associated with this request is
$0.00.

 

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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Lakewood Township

29 Attachments

Township of Lakewood

Open Records Request

 

Reference # OPRA-2020-02480

 

Dear William Bailey,

 

Township of Lakewood has received your Open Public Records Act (OPRA)
request dated 03/31/2020. The official Records Custodian received your
request on 03/31/2020. As such, the seven (7) business day deadline to
respond to your request is 05/15/2020.

 

Your OPRA request sought access to the following information:

I would like a copy of all summonses written or warnings issued from March
1, 2020 through March 29, 2020  I would like a copy of all video footage
(body camera or dash camera). For all instances of the police stopping
weddings or any type of party in Lakewood from March 1, 2020 through March
29, 2020  I would like a copy of all email logs from March 1, 2020 through
March 29, 2020 for the mayor and council members (name of sender, subject
and date).    I would like a copy of all police officer briefings or
memorandum issued by the police department from March 1, 2020 through
March 29, 2020

 

The following records are being provided in their entirety and are
responsive to your request (Should there be a link below please click
otherwise please see attached):

ATTACHED FIND SUMMONSES REQUESTED.  ATTACHED FIND EMAIL LOGS REQUESTED. 
Redactions have been made in accordance with N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 “a public
agency has a responsibility and an obligation to safeguard from public
access a citizen`s personal information with which it has been entrusted
when disclosure thereof would violate the citizen`s reasonable expectation
of privacy.”  And Burnett v. County of Bergen, 198 N.J. 408 (2009).
Without ambiguity, the court held that the privacy provision “is neither a
preface nor a preamble.”  Rather, “the very language expressed in the
privacy clause reveals its substantive nature; it does not offer reasons
why OPRA was adopted, as preambles typically do; instead, it focuses on
the law’s implementation.”  “Specifically, it imposes an obligation on
public agencies to protect against disclosure of personal information
which would run contrary to reasonable privacy interests.”  As well as the
HIPPA, Privacy Act.  Please note the Township does not have body cams, so
there is no body cam footage.  Due to the volume of your request the
Township will need until Friday, May 15 for your other items. 
Additionally, due to the size of the video file the Township is unable to
to email the dash cam records.  WE CAN BURN THE VIDEOS ONTO A THUMB DRIVE
AND MAIL IT TO AN ADDRESS YOU MUST PROVIDE.  THE COST OF THE THUMB DRIVE
WITH POSTAGE IS $7.68.  WE REQUIRE PAYMENT BEFORE MAILING.  UPON RECEIPT
OF YOU CHECK, THE THUMB DRIVE WILL BE MAILED TO WHATEVER ADDRESS YOU
PROVIDE.  Attached please find the Police Department Memorandum.  Please
be advised that there are no briefings.  As previously mentioned due to
the size of the video file the Township is unable to to email the dash cam
records.  We can burn the videos onto a thumb drive and mail them to your
address.  The cost of the thumb drive is $7.68 plus postage.  Upon receipt
of your check the township will mail out the thumb drive to the address
you provide.

 

The records are being transmitted to you via as per your request.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5.b. the cost associated with this request is
$0.00.

 

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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