Meeting/Event Information


September 19, 2017

Arizona Chapter ACFE - Monthly Meeting September 2017
September 19, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Industrial Commission of Arizona
800 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Freedom Of Information Act and Public Records Requests

$0.00 Member

$20.00 Guest



Join us at the Industrial Commission auditorium for our regular monthly training meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Topic:  Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) and Public Records Requests (PRR)

Speaker: Mark Spencer, Judicial Watch

Agenda: Sign-in begins at 11:30 am; presentation from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location:  Industrial Commission of Arizona, 800 W. Washington, 1st Floor Auditorium

Parking:  Free, on the top level of the garage just west of the building

Cost:  Free for current chapter members; $20 all others

Registration information:  Pre-registration is not required for this event. However, we encourage guests to pre-register online, as this allows you to pay your admission fee with a credit card. If you do not pre-register, cash and checks only are accepted at the door. Chapter members may also pre-register online, to save time at the sign-in table. Register online at

Refund Policy:  Email to cancel. To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be received by the 3rd business day prior to the meeting (for example, by Thursday at 5 pm before a Tuesday meeting).

Complaint Resolution:  Please contact the Training Director at

Program Description

Mark will discuss the background and purpose of Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), legislation, litigation and exemptions requests. He will provide specific examples of the FOIA and Public Records Requests (PRR) and discuss some of the significant results of the FOIA and PRR.


Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

1.)           Discuss the background and purpose of FOIA (legislation, litigation and exemptions) requests

2.)           List Examples of FOIA/PRR

3.)           Recall the some of the results of FOIA/PRR

Program Information

Delivery Method:  Group Live      

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Recommended CPE Credits:  1     (CPE Certificates will be emailed within 10 business days to those who attend the entire program and sign in on the attendance sheet.)  

Level:  Basic          

Prerequisites:  None     

Advance Preparation:  None

Presenter Information

Mark Spencer has lived in Phoenix Arizona since 1975, graduated with honors with a finance degree from Northern Arizona University in 1985, met his wife Shannon in 1986 on a Summer Project with Campus Crusade for Christ in Bangkok, Thailand, and was the top overall police recruit from the Phoenix Regional Police Academy in 1987.  In 1993 Mark completed his graduate degree in exegetical theology from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary.  During his police career he received the Phoenix Police Department's Medal of Merit, the Police Chief's Unit Award and the Protect & Serve community leadership award from  For fourteen years Mark was an executive board member of the largest police association in Arizona, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA).  He was the president of PLEA from 2007 until 2011 and, along with the PLEA board of trustees, served over 2,300 rank-and-file Phoenix Police Officers and Detectives.  In July 2009, the Arizona Republic reported that Mark, in "his first two years as union president...earned...a reputation as a harsh critic of police management and a relentless advocate for Phoenix patrol officers."  Mark has been interviewed by local, international (CNN), and national (Fox National News) cable news outlets, has been quoted in numerous print publications (The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Magazine) and has participated on radio talk shows across the country:  topics discussed included illegal immigration, police suicide, border violence, and police management pension violations.  While still a sworn first-responder, he partnered with F.A.I.R. (Federation for American Immigration Reform) and Judicial Watch in reference to front-line law enforcement perspectives on illegal immigration and government corruption.  His role as the voice of the largest police association in Arizona garnered him the title as being one of "three of the most polarizing figures in Arizona politics" by the Phoenix New Times in 2011.   His retirement from the Phoenix Police Department in January 2012 ended a twenty-five year career in which Mark and the PLEA team cultivated powerful community partnerships and facilitated unprecedented bipartisan support for rights of Arizona law enforcement.  Mark is the author of A Moment In Time and is the founder and co-director of Bema Investments (, a non-profit corporation which teaches Judeo-Christian leadership principles and facilitates charitable outreach efforts.  Since February 2012 he has been based out of Phoenix, Arizona as the Southwest Projects Coordinator for Judicial Watch.  Mark facilitates investigations, development & community outreach, media relations, FOIA requests and litigative support for the non-partisan non-profit government accountability group.  He currently serves in a chaplain capacity for the Republican Party of Maricopa County and the Usual Suspects (a non-profit retired police motorcycle club).

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