March 4, 2019
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.) ("CPRA") and any other applicable law, please disclose the following records.
1. A record or index of records regarding training of sworn Vallejo Police Department (“VPD”) personnel, from January 1, 2014 through March 4, 2019. Please disclose this record or index of records in machine-readable format, preferably as a Microsoft Excel (*.xls) or comma-separated values (*.csv) file. Please include the following information:
a. Officer name
b. Officer badge number
c. Date of hire
d. Separation date, if applicable
e. Rank at time of separation
f. Unit(s) to which the officer was assigned at the time of each training, with corresponding dates
g. Unit(s) to which the officer is current assigned, with corresponding dates
h. If the officer was a lateral hire, the department from which the officer transferred to VPD
i. The subject matter for each training (e.g., First Amendment, less-lethal weapons, forensic investigation techniques, etc.)
j. The nature of each training (e.g., field training, detective training, management training, etc.)
k. The date(s) of each training
l. Trainer name(s), rank(s) (if applicable), badge number (if applicable) and affiliation(s) (e.g., VPD, or, if not VPD, the specific non-VPD agency or vendor)
m. Number of hours or units per training
n. POST catalogue number associated with training, if applicable
If no record exist that contains all of this information, please disclose as much information as does exist.
2. All records regarding departmental training requirements since January 1, 2014 through March 4, 2019. If these requirements have changed over time, please include each version of them since January 1, 2014, as well as the date the policy was adopted or changed.
The fundamental rule of the CPRA is a presumption of public access. “In other words, [A]ll public records are subject to disclosure unless the Legislature has expressly provided to the contrary.” Williams v. Superior Court, 5 Cal. 4th 337 (1993). This presumption finds further support in the California Constitution, as amended by Proposition 59 in 2004. “A statute, court rule, or other authority, including those in effect on the effective date of this subdivision, shall be broadly construed if it furthers the people's right of access, and narrowly construed if it limits the right of access.” Cal. Const. Art. 1 § 3(b)(2).
Please provide a determination on this request within 10 days of your receipt of it, and an even prompter reply if you can make that determination without having to review the records in question. If you determine that any or all of the information qualifies for an exemption from disclosure, please note whether, as is normally the case, the exemption is discretionary, and if so whether it is necessary in this case to exercise your discretion to withhold the information. If you determine that some but not all of the information is exempt from disclosure and that you intend to withhold it, please redact it for the time being and make the rest available as requested. In any event, please provide a signed notification citing the legal authorities on which you rely if you determine that any or all of the information is exempt and will not be disclosed. Please post the records to the City of Vallejo’s NextRequest website.
Please apply a fee waiver to this request. If the request for a fee waiver is denied, please provide notification of any duplication costs exceeding $20 before you duplicate the records. If the request for a fee waiver is denied, please further provide an index of all other requests since 2014 for which a fee waiver was denied, and the reason therefor.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch. Thank you.