Request #20-290

My name is [REDACTED]. I am a screenwriter here in Los Angeles. I am currently in development on a project about my childhood including what it was like growing up in a cop family in the 70's. My father was [REDACTED] He was a police officer with the LAPD from 4/21/68 to 11/7/85.

I know that information regarding police officers can be tricky to obtain and much of the information is kept away from public view. I appreciate that and respect that. My Dad always told me "never put your name in the phone book." I get it. But since 1987, when my Dad passed away its been very difficult to track much of anything down.

I knew my father quite well. I knew who his favorite Dodger was. I knew he loved the Beach Boys. What his favorite cocktail was. His favorite slice of meat and how he ate corn of some kind with every dinner. What his car smelled like, etc etc etc.

The thing I am most unfamiliar with was his work life. What kind of cop was he? What did his handwriting look like on arrest reports? Was he neat? What were some of his "big jobs"? Did he testify in court?Things of that nature.

I am hoping to gain access to too much information. To drown in it. But, I will take whatever I can get. I look forward to your reply. 

Thank you,




January 14, 2020 via web


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LAPD Sr Analyst Alexis N1685

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January 15, 2020, 1:29pm
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Dear Requester:


We reviewed your request.


Your request was made under the California Public Records Act (the Act). The Department is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Act. It recognizes the statutory scheme was enacted to maximize citizen access to the workings of government. The Act does not mandate disclosure of all documents within the government’s possession. Rather, by specific exemption and reference to other statutes, the Act recognizes that there are boundaries where the public’s right to access must be balanced against such weighty considerations as the right of privacy, a right of constitutional dimension under California Constitution, Article 1, Section 1. The law also exempts from disclosure records that are privileged or confidential or otherwise exempt under either express provisions of the Act or pursuant to applicable federal or state law, per California Government Code Sections 6254(b); 6254(c); 6254(f); 6254(k); and 6255.


Your request is not “a request for a copy of records that reasonably describes an identifiable record or records” [see Government Code Section 6253(b)]. Please provide additional information such as names, dates of incidents, booking and/or DR numbers so that a search for responsive records can be conducted.


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LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit

January 15, 2020, 1:29pm
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January 14, 2020, 1:05pm
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January 14, 2020, 1:05pm