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Dear Brick 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 am requesting both the initial call to dispatch and the officers reports detailing an incident at Brick Hospital in March/ April 2021. The incident involves Officer Valeri and another unknown officer and it dealt with illegal drugs on the hospital property. Also, I am requesting the body warm cameras from both officers.

Yours faithfully,
Tom

Jessica Larney, Brick Township

Dear Tom,

I have received your below OPRA request.

However, this request is too vague/broad.
 The New Jersey Government Records Council states that "valid OPRA (Open Public Records Act) request seeks specific, identifiable government records. Valid OPRA requests do not ask questions, do not seek information, and do not require a custodian to conduct any research or create a new record. 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. OPRA is to "search" for a specific, identifiable, existing government record. It is not meant to "research" to see if a record exists. Research should be done prior to completing an OPRA request.
Please provide a specific date and/or incident/case number.
I would recommend contacting the Brick Township Police Records Department to assist in your research at 732-262-1130.

Sincerely,

Jessica L. Larney, RMC/CMR
Assistant Municipal Clerk
Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics

Office of the Township Clerk/Vital Statistics
401 Chambers Bridge Road
Brick, New Jersey 08723
732-262-1003

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Jessica Larney, Brick Township

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Lt. Drew provided me with the Case # and I was able to then forward to our Police Records Dept. for processing. Please see their response below:

1. Requests for 911 Calls: No records Responsive
Division of Archives and Records Management, M900000-006, Audio Tapes-0010-0000 Tape Recordings of Police Dispatches and citizen's calls has a total retention period of 31 days prior to destruction.
2. Incident Report Attached. It was redacted, citing: N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 (Legislative Findings)1) Privacy Interest - "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." See Burnett v. Cnty. of Bergen, 198 N.J. 408 (2009).
3. Body Worn Cameras: No records responsive. All BWC must be retained for at least 180 days, after which time the recording shall be permanently deleted. However, that period may be longer depending on the type of incident, and criminal proceeding which was not in this case.

Sincerely,

Jessica L. Larney, RMC/CMR
Assistant Municipal Clerk
Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics

Office of the Township Clerk/Vital Statistics
401 Chambers Bridge Road
Brick, New Jersey 08723
732-262-1003

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