If you want to get the Officer Mark Rojas records for your own purposes, be prepared to pay.
In response to a Public Records request filed on December 2nd, the Worcester Police Department has issued a cost estimate of $1610 to Worcester Magazine.
The cost break down: $1500 for copies, $60 for labor(at approximately $12 an hour), and $50 for postage & handling.
In a conversation with a police administration official earlier this month, we stated our belief that state law only allowed a charge of 50 cents a page for the records if we pick them up at WPD headquarters; that official later agreed. And in a footnote to the cost estimate, Chief Gary Gemme allows that 50 cent figure. If carried out, that would lead to a cost of $810.
Worcester Magazine is still determining whether we will be accepting the fee, appealing it, or declining to get the records.