ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Ada County Sheriff's Office of Ada County, ID.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Idaho Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any database or other records of hate crimes or crimes evidencing bias of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or disability reported to or investigated by your agency since Jan. 1, 2010, containing at least the following fields:

the incident number
date of the incident
whether the crime was against individuals or a business / property
number of victims
race or ethnicity of the victims
gender of the victims
the offense classification
the location of the incident
the bias motivation (anti-black, anti-muslim, etc)

I would like the records in a machine-readable, electronic format if possible. If the records are kept in another format, or kept individually, I would still like copies.

This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage. This request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ken Schwencke

From: Public Information request

Dear Mr. Schwencke:

We have received your request for information. In regard to your request for records, we are unable to process your request within the statutory (3) working (business) days. A longer period of time (10 days) is necessary to locate, retrieve and review the records requested. Please refer to Idaho Code §74-103. Your patience in this matter is appreciated. We will be forwarding you a response in writing within ten (10) working (business) days. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Kiesha Smith
Public Information Specialist
Ada County Sheriff’s Office
7200 Barrister Drive - Boise, Idaho 83704 (208) 577-3012 ktsmith@adaweb.net<mailto:ktsmith@adaweb.net> www.adasheriff.org<http://www.adasheriff.org/>
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Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail transmission (and/or the documents accompanying it) may contain confidential information belonging to the sender which is protected, and is being released in accordance with public information guidelines, as defined in Idaho Code §74-101 – 126, and the policies of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. The information is intended only for the use of the individuals or entities named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please immediately notify our office via telephone (208-577-3012) or via reply e-mail. Thank you.

From: Public Information request

Dear Mr. Schwencke:

Thank you for your request for information. Attached please find a copy of the hate bias motivation crime statistics gathered by our Crime Analysis Unit.

This response has been reviewed by our legal counsel. This response provides records held by the Ada County Sheriff and does not contain information held by other Ada County officials nor any other law enforcement agency. All record responses may be appealed by filing a petition in conformance with the provisions of the Idaho Code Title 74, Chapter 1. Your petition must be filed in the Fourth Judicial District Court of Idaho within one hundred and eighty (180) calendar days of the mailing of this notice. Any release of public records is not permission to allow you to republish or otherwise make use of the records in violation of state or federal trademark and/or copyright law. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Public Information Desk at (208) 577-3012.

Kiesha Smith
Public Information Specialist

Ada County Sheriff’s Office

7200 Barrister Drive - Boise, Idaho 83704 (208) 577-3012 ktsmith@adaweb.net<mailto:ktsmith@adaweb.net> www.adasheriff.org<http://www.adasheriff.org/>

“We make safer places for you to live, work, and play.”

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Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail transmission (and/or the documents accompanying it) may contain confidential information belonging to the sender which is protected, and is being released in accordance with public information guidelines, as defined in Idaho Code §74-101 – 126, and the policies of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. The information is intended only for the use of the individuals or entities named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please immediately notify our office via telephone (208-577-3012) or via reply e-mail. Thank you.

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Kiesha,

Thank you so much for your response. Can I ask about differences between what you've provided and what the Ada County Sheriff reported to the FBI for those years?

In 2010, for instance, the FBI's UCR Hate Crime report indicates that the Ada County Sheriff reported one hate crime with an incident date of 2010-01-18, with one victim and one offender. In the report you've provided, you report 'n/a'

In 2012, your report indicates one victim, while the FBI report indicates no cases.

In 2015, your report indicates one case with 5 victims, while the FBI report indicates no cases.

Truly appreciate any help sorting this out.

Thanks,
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Public Information request

Mr. Schwencke,

I’m working on getting a response to your questions and will be in contact with you as soon as I have that information. Thank you for your patience.

Kiesha Smith
Public Information Specialist
Ada County Sheriff’s Office
7200 Barrister Drive - Boise, Idaho 83704 (208) 577-3012 ktsmith@adaweb.net<mailto:ktsmith@adaweb.net> www.adasheriff.org<http://www.adasheriff.org/>
“We make safer places for you to live, work, and play.”
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Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail transmission (and/or the documents accompanying it) may contain confidential information belonging to the sender which is protected, and is being released in accordance with public information guidelines, as defined in Idaho Code §74-101 – 126, and the policies of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. The information is intended only for the use of the individuals or entities named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please immediately notify our office via telephone (208-577-3012) or via reply e-mail. Thank you.

From: Ken Schwencke

No worries, I really appreciate it. Thanks.

Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Public Information request

Dear Mr. Schwencke:

Attached please find the amended statistics and reference. Thank you for your patience while we updated our information.

Kiesha Smith
Public Information Specialist
Ada County Sheriff’s Office
7200 Barrister Drive - Boise, Idaho 83704 (208) 577-3012 ktsmith@adaweb.net<mailto:ktsmith@adaweb.net> www.adasheriff.org<http://www.adasheriff.org/>
“We make safer places for you to live, work, and play.”
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Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail transmission (and/or the documents accompanying it) may contain confidential information belonging to the sender which is protected, and is being released in accordance with public information guidelines, as defined in Idaho Code §74-101 – 126, and the policies of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. The information is intended only for the use of the individuals or entities named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please immediately notify our office via telephone (208-577-3012) or via reply e-mail. Thank you.

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Kiesha,

Thank you! What happened to the 2012 and 2015 cases, though? Were they not actual hate crimes after all? How did they wind up in the original report, while the others didn't?

Appreciate the help!
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Public Information request

Dear Mr. Schwencke:

From my understanding, the original statistics located using summary narratives to assist in identifying an indication or reference to bias. The amended version parallels what was sent to the FBI and their definitions of hate bias.

Kiesha Smith
Public Information Specialist
Ada County Sheriff’s Office
7200 Barrister Drive - Boise, Idaho 83704 (208) 577-3012 ktsmith@adaweb.net<mailto:ktsmith@adaweb.net> www.adasheriff.org<http://www.adasheriff.org/>
“We make safer places for you to live, work, and play.”
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Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail transmission (and/or the documents accompanying it) may contain confidential information belonging to the sender which is protected, and is being released in accordance with public information guidelines, as defined in Idaho Code §74-101 – 126, and the policies of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. The information is intended only for the use of the individuals or entities named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please immediately notify our office via telephone (208-577-3012) or via reply e-mail. Thank you.

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