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PR 18-15 Cote v. Warwick Fire Department No Violation

The Complainant alleged that the Fire Department violated the APRA when it denied his request for documents on the grounds that they did not exist. The Complainant alleged that the documents did exist. We found that the Complainant's request unequivocally sought completed forms. Since no completed forms existed at the time of the Complainant's request, the Fire Department did not violate the APRA by failing to provide non-existent documents. See, e.g., Murphy v. City of Providence, PR 15-07; O'Rourke v. Bradford Fire District, PR 13-11. Accordingly, we found no violation.

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