Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Allentown Police Department of Allentown, PA.
Tracking #

2017-RTK-458

Due July 25, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Alexander Cartwright

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. What is the total number of citizen complaints made against your department’s officers annually for the last 10 years?

Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated).

2. What is the total number of complaints police officers made against their peer officers in department annually for the last 10 years?

Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated).

3. What is the total number of calls for service your department received annually for the past 10 years?

4. What is the number of officers involved in shootings in your department for the past 10 years?

Please include the number of officer-involved shootings resulting in discipline.

5. Which of the above data are published publicly? Please provide a link to any and all publicly available reports containing the data above.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright

From: Allentown Police Department

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Fruhwirth, Frances

Good afternoon, Mr. Cartwright.

Please see the attached letter.

Thank you.

Frances Fruhwirth

Solicitor's Office
FRANCES A. FRUHWIRTH
ASSOCIATE SOLICITOR
Solicitor's Office
435 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA18101
P: 610.437.7545
E: Frances.Fruhwirth@allentownpa.gov
W: www.allentownpa.gov
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From: Fruhwirth, Frances

Good morning, Mr. Cartwright.

Please see the attached letter.

Thank you.

Frances Fruhwirth

Solicitor's Office
FRANCES A. FRUHWIRTH
ASSOCIATE SOLICITOR
Solicitor's Office
435 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA18101
P: 610.437.7545
E: Frances.Fruhwirth@allentownpa.gov
W: www.allentownpa.gov
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From: Allentown Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

I am writing to follow up on my original request made on 7/18/2017

Thank you very much for providing the information we requested. I am writing to ask for some clarification regarding the data on officer-involved shootings you provided us with. What constitutes an officer-involved shooting in your department? For example, some departments do not count misses while others count all discharges; some include shots at animals. Other departments include intentional and accidental shootings; others do not. Please explain to us how your department classifies the OIS included in the numbers you sent to us.

Very Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Allentown Police Department

Good afternoon, Mr. Cartwright:

Please see the attached.

Thank you,

Jennifer Stofflet, Litigation Paralegal

From: Allentown Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you very much.

From: Allentown Police Department

Is this the information you are looking for?

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Yes- everything is clarified. Thank you.

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