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PR 17-45 Cote v. City of Warwick - No Violation

The Complainant alleged that the City violated the APRA when its response to his request for "total sick days" used by City fire fighters failed to include information relating to injured on duty time. We noted that "it is the requester's responsibility to frame requests with sufficient particularity to . . . enable the searching agency to determine precisely what records are being requested." Assassination Archives and Research v. Central Intelligence Agency, 720 F. Supp. 217, 219 (D.D.C. 1989) (citations omitted); see also Palazzo v. Rhode Island Senate, PR 11-21. We found that it did not violate the APRA for the City to interpret the request for the "number of total sick days" to mean "sick time" used by City fire fighters and exclude "injured on duty time," particularly where it was undisputed that the City tabulates "sick time" and "injured on duty time" separately.

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