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FBI Probing 2 Caldwell Police Officers as City Wants $105,000 for Records

By • February 3, 2022

Idaho Dispatch has confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing two police officers at the Caldwell Police Department, but the city of Caldwell is asking for $105,000 for the documents we requested.

A source within Caldwell’s government, who did not wish to be named due to fear of retaliation, tipped off the Idaho Dispatch about the FBI’s probe into the conduct of two officers. One of the officers allegedly resigned in December 2021.

In Idaho Dispatch’s initial public records request, we had asked for all emails and documents with the word FBI in them, whether it was between city council members, mayors, police officers, police administrators, city administrators, and the FBI. However, the city told Idaho Dispatch that there were 19,768 emails, and the city estimated they would need $146,375 to fulfill our request.

Idaho Dispatch then submitted our most recent records request where we asked only for emails/documents from October 1, 2021, through January 30, 2022, a four-month time frame. Additionally, Idaho Dispatch only asked for communications regarding the FBI’s specific probing of the two officers.

The city of Caldwell responded to our request and said that 14,199 email communications exist regarding the parameters we used, and they need $105,289 to turn over the records.

According to the city, their attorney must go through each email to redact information that must be redacted. In part, the city’s response to our records request says,

While it is difficult to determine exactly how many hours it will take City staff and the City Attorney to complete the response to this request, it is estimated that it will take City staff at least 473 hours. Additionally, a minimum of 473 hours will likely be spent by the City Attorney in reviewing, redacting, and finalizing the response. If any photo copies are necessary, an additional charge of $.10 per copy would be assessed after the first 100 pages.

Idaho Dispatch does not have $100,000 to pay for the request at this time, but we will be submitting additional requests to the city for an even more refined search.

An email has been sent to the City Clerk, Debbie Geyer, asking why the city needs 60 days of working time if all documents have already been identified. Additionally, Idaho Dispatch asked why the attorney’s estimated time and the city staff’s time are the same. We asked Geyer if the attorney must review the documents and redact them, wouldn’t they need more time than city staff?

Idaho Dispatch has not yet heard back from the city clerk at the time of this writing.

Idaho Dispatch reached out to Mayor Jarom Wagoner and Caldwell Police Chief Frank Wyant for comment about this story. However, neither has returned our request for comment at this time.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more details become available.

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Tags: Caldwell, Caldwell Police Department, F.B.I., Public Records Request

16 thoughts on “FBI Probing 2 Caldwell Police Officers as City Wants $105,000 for Records

  1. Actually the City has a Legal responsibility to provide this at no cost.
    Keep after them and always, always, question what the FBI is up to and also their motivation.
    We do appreciate you following this developing story.

    1. Stay on top the city of Caldwell hopes you back off! You know if someone called advising of said investigation there is a lot more to the story!

  2. Probing for what? Why don’t you focus efforts into other things like homeless veterans, this valley growing and how prices are driving up. Not what 2 cops did and waste time and money to tarnish their many years dedicated to the city of Caldwell. Good god!

    1. Why shouldn’t Greg do both? Wait, he HAS!

      Head back over to your Idaho Statesman website, you’ll be happier there.

      It amazes me how many people come on here and whine about the dumbest things, knowing full-well this is about the only news site that covers things none of the other media outlets will even think about. If you’re that displeased with the articles Greg and his editors write, find another outlet for your news.

    2. Actually, Whatajoke, the joke is your suggestion to NOT cover this issue: (1) as a 22-year Army vet myself, I know that homeless veterans are created all-too-often because of bad decisions–either by the VA, divorce courts, or their own lifestyle choices; (2) this valley is growing because the fascist left coast is creating a mass exodus eastward [Fun-fact…after the gold fields in California played out, Idaho became the first “territory” to be populated predominantly from the west instead of from the east…and it’s happening again. So, nothing new here…]; (3) and prices are going up because the sleight-of-hand by the Fed is coming to light…AGAIN… and Brandon’s neo-Marxist Administration accelerates it with moronic policies, such as making us oil dependent again and paying folks NOT to work under the guise of the scamdemic. More dependence on Uncle Sugar, that way. There, now you know so you can go back to the Pedo-network and watch Don Lemon cry and Fredo and his brother do vaudeville routines. No…wait…they’re gone, now…never mind.

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