Anchorage, AK PD Citizen Complaint Data

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Anchorage Police Department of Anchorage, AK.
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From: Alexander Cartwright

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Alaska Public Records 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright

From: Richardson, Bill

To Whom It May Concern,
Our department is in receipt of a request for information from Alexander Cartwright, via Muckrock. I'm required by ordinance to send him a letter with an estimate of the costs associated with fulfilling his request prior to beginning the research. Can certified mail be accepted for Mr. Cartwright at the Somerville MA address? If not can you contact him and request a mailing address so that I can send a letter directly to him?

Thanks and best regards,

Lieutenant Bill Richardson
Anchorage Police Department
Office of Professional Responsibility
4501 Elmore Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
907.786.2698

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Lt. Richardson,

You may send certified mail to muckrock or you can communicate with me (Alex Cartwright) directly via email right here.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Richardson, Bill

Dear Mr. Cartwright,
Attached you will find the cost estimate. I apologize for the delay but the person who had to calculate the estimate was on leave and just returned. You may contact me if you have further questions.
Best regards,

Lieutenant Bill Richardson
Anchorage Police Department
Office of Professional Responsibility
4501 Elmore Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello Lt. Richardson,

Thank you for following up. We are Economics Professors in the College of Business at Ferris State University, and are engaged in an empirical research project on police behavior and citizen complaints. We simply do not have enough resources in our budget to pay the request fees.

I would like to amend our request in effort to reduce its scope and thus reduce any associated fees.

1. What is the total number of external complaints the department received per year between 2007 and 2017?

2. What is the total number of internal complaints the department received per year between 2007 and 2017?

If the department publishes an annual report or internal affairs report that contains this information, you may send us that instead (for years 2007 through 2017 or all available).

Very Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Richardson, Bill

I understand- I was shocked at the amount myself. We do not publish an annual report but I will resubmit the updated request and reply back with the revised estimate. It should be much more reasonable, but don’t quote me.
Best regards,

Lieutenant Bill Richardson
Anchorage Police Department
Office of Professional Responsibility
4501 Elmore Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507

From: Meyer, Lana J.

Dear Mr. Cartwright,
The table below indicates the total complaints per year as well as the total external and non-external complaints.

Non-external Complaints

External Complaints

2007

54

11

2008

103

16

2009

108

41

2010

67

44

2011

102

64

2012

85

189

2013

136

520

2014

127

376

2015

103

272

2016

162

229

2017

143

147

Thank you,

Lana Meyer
Clerk
Office of Professional Responsibility
Anchorage Police Department
907-786-8770

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

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