Other (indicate in message) Submitted: March 3, 2020 | Updated: August 28, 2020

[See Editor’s Note](March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD and Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Department as of 03/02/20

(Note for Sunshine: Please send this request to both the Sheriff’s office and the City. Not to be concerned with other government officials, just those in law enforcement.)

Hello [City of Asheville, NC Police Department] [Buncombe County, NC Sheriff's Department],

I'd like to make a public records request for the following information. The responsive information requested should include the timeline of 01/01/2015 - 03/02/2020:

1. A list of substances tested for.

2. The agency’s policy concerning random testing.

3. Number of random tests for all employees conducted each year for the past 5 years.

4. Number of officers tested while assigned to a drug unit such as BCAT.

5. Number of failed tests.

Thank you for your assistance!

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Editor’s Note 03/10/20: As it was originally submitted, the request did not indicate in the Subject, Message, or in the “Entity” field, to what City/County/State the request should apply. However, we’re going to assume that the intention is for the request should be sent to the Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Department, and to Asheville, NC City Government (APD). Thank you!


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Status: Completed

Activity:

  • August 28, 2020 3:35 pm

    4 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 28, 2020, 3:35 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    Thank you for your help with this request. We’ll mark this request as completed on our site.

     

    We appreciate your assistance,
    Sunshine Request


    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 28, 2020, 2:10 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    The city is providing the drug policy in response to all of the questions asked by the requester.
    Please let me know if you have other questions.
    All best,

    Teresa (Terry) White
    Public Records Officer
    City of Asheville
    City Clerk’s Office

    828.259.5631
    Office Hours:
    M-W and F: 8am – 4:30 pm
    pronouns: she/her/hers

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced file at top left in documents, additionally the link that Terry provided is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f3DpPpvRE9IjcghSkWhwpjY6UWdJj9TY/view


    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 18, 2020, 4:19 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    Thank you for the update. We will follow up again on this request in mid-September.

     

    We appreciate your assistance!
    Sunshine Request


    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 18, 2020, 8:42 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Good morning, Sunshine Request:
    I have sent a follow-up to the appropriate person(s) and asked for an update. I will let you know when I hear anything.
    Please let me know if you have any questions.
    All best,

    Teresa (Terry) White
    Public Records Officer
    City of Asheville
    City Clerk’s Office

     


    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Aug 17, 2020, 4:50 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    We’re following up on this request to see if there was any update to report?

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request

     


    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Jun 26, 2020, 3:21 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    Hope you’ve been well. We’re following up on this request to see if there was any update to report?

     

    Thank you,
    Sunshine Request

     


    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 30, 2020, 3:51 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    Thank you for your reply.

     

    We’ll check back in again on this request in two weeks if we haven’t heard anything before then.

     

    We appreciate your assistance,
    Sunshine Request

     


    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 24, 2020, 9:00 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    I do not have an update on this request. I will see if I can find something out and will let you know.
    All best,

    Teresa L. (Terry) White
    City of Asheville
    City Clerk’s Office
    Public Records Officer
    828.259.5631
    Office Hours: M-F: 8:00 am — 4:30 pm
    pronouns: she/her/hers

     


    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 22, 2020, 4:18 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    Hope you’re staying safe and healthy!

     

    We just wanted to check in on this request to see if there was any update to report?

     

    Thank you!
    Sunshine Request

     


    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 27, 2020, 10:42 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    I do not have an update for you. The request has been sent to the appropriate person(s) for processing. Once processing is complete, I will forward you any responsive records. Please let me know if you have other questions.
    Be well.
    All best,

     

    Teresa L. (Terry) White
    City of Asheville
    City Clerk’s Office
    Public Records Officer
    828.259.5631
    Office Hours: M-F: 8:00 am — 4:30 pm
    pronouns: she/her/hers

     


    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 26, 2020, 4:42 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    Hope you’re well.

     

    Following up on this request and looking for some idea of where we are in the queue and if there’s an estimated timeline on this request? Whatever timeline you specify we will adhere to and won’t plan on following up on this request until the time you give us.

     

    Thank you!
    We appreciate all your help,
    Sunshine Request

     


    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 11, 2020, 5:01 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    I have received your public records request. I will forward it to the appropriate person(s) for processing. Once processing is complete I will send you any responsive records. In the meantime, please let me know if you have questions.
    All best,

    Teresa L. (Terry) White | Office Hours:
    City of Asheville | Monday – Wednesday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
    City Clerk’s Office | Thursday: Off
    Public Records Officer | Friday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
    828.259.5631
    pronouns: she/her/hers

     


    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 11, 2020, 4:53 PM
    subject: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    We’ve received a new public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the City of Asheville APD as of 03/02/20

     

    Message: “Hello City of Asheville, NC Police Department,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for the following information. The responsive information requested should include the timeline of 01/01/2015 – 03/02/2020:

     

    1. A list of substances tested for.

     

    2. The agency’s policy concerning random testing.

     

    3. Number of random tests for all employees conducted each year for the past 5 years.

     

    4. Number of officers tested while assigned to a drug unit such as BCAT.

     

    5. Number of failed tests.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!“

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Completed
  • March 13, 2020 4:42 pm

    6 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 13, 2020, 4:42 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Department as of 03/02/20

     

    Good afternoon Aaron,

     

    Thank you for your help! We’ve marked this as completed.

     

    Have a good weekend,
    Sunshine Request

     


    from: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 13, 2020, 2:19 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Department as of 03/02/20

     

    Hello Sunshine Requests,

     

    1. A list of substances tested for.

     

    We have seven different drug panels we screen for. We are not willing to disclose the exact panels and that information is not public record.

     

    We have no public records responsive to questions 2-5.

     

     

    The North Carolina Department of Justice has quite a bit of info concerning drug testing for law enforcement in NC and what is required to obtain and
    maintain “certification.”

     

    https://ncdoj.gov/download/16/general-information/15440/drug-screening-implementation-manual

     

    IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE
    FORWARD All applicants for employment as North Carolina justice officers, as well as all veteran officers applying for lateral transfer, must submit to a drug screening through urinalysis as part of the
    ncdoj.gov

     

    Aaron

    Aaron Sarver

    Public Information Officer

    Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office

    [email protected]

    828.250.4414

     


    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Aaron Sarver <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 11, 2020, 4:53 PM
    subject: Records Request: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Department as of 03/02/20

     

    Good afternoon Aaron,

     

    We’ve received a new public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (March 2020) Request related to “Drug Testing” in the Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Department as of 03/02/20

     

    Message: “Hello Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Department,

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for the following information. The responsive information requested should include the timeline of 01/01/2015 – 03/02/2020:

     

    1. A list of substances tested for.

     

    2. The agency’s policy concerning random testing.

     

    3. Number of random tests for all employees conducted each year for the past 5 years.

     

    4. Number of officers tested while assigned to a drug unit such as BCAT.

     

    5. Number of failed tests.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!“

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Completed
  • March 3, 2020 11:51 am

    6 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending