Dear Berkeley 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.
For the purpose of this OPRA request, I am seeking documents pertaining to the incident involving a stabbing in the area of Veterans Blvd on 01/23/2019.
Pursuant to Executive Order 69 (Whitman, 1997), I request the following regarding this incident:
(a) where a crime has been reported but no arrest yet made, information as to the type of crime, time, location and type of weapon, if any;
(b) if an arrest has been made, information as to the name, address and age of any victims, unless there has not been sufficient opportunity for notification of next of kin of any victims of injury and/or death to any such victim or where the release of the names of any victim would be contrary to existing law or court rule. In deciding on the release of information as to the identity of a victim, the safety of the victim and the victim's family, and the integrity of any ongoing investigation, shall be considered;
(c) if an arrest has been made, information as to the defendant's name, age, residence, occupation, marital status and similar background information and the identity of the complaining party, unless the release of such information is contrary to existing law or court rule;
(d) information as to the text of any charges, such as the complaint, accusation and indictment, unless sealed by the court or unless the release of such information is contrary to existing law or court rule;
(e) information as to the identity of the investigating and arresting personnel and agency and the length of the investigation;
(f) information of the circumstances immediately surrounding the arrest, including but not limited to the time and place of the arrest, resistance, if any, pursuit, possession and nature and use of weapons and ammunition by the suspect and by the police; and
(g) information as to circumstances surrounding bail, whether it was posted and amount thereof.
Please note that Executive Order 69 requires a response to this OPRA request within 24 hours.
Dear Berkeley Township,
Please pass this on to the person who conducts Open Public Records Act reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of Berkeley Township's handling of my OPRA request 'Stabbing 24 Hour Response Required'.
What is the status of my OPRA request?
A full history of my OPRA request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://opramachine.com/request/stabbing...
In response to your Opra request of January 24, 2019: although anonymous requests are permitted through Opra, in this case, pursuant to NJSA 47:1A-2.2, anonymous requests for victims' records are not permitted. All other information regarding the incident can be found on https://patch.com/new-jersey/berkeley-nj... and https://www.nj.com/ocean/2019/01/driver-....
Supervisor of Crim Info Records
Berkeley Township Police Department
Bayville, NJ 08721