Arlington, TX PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Arlington Police Department of Arlington, TX .
Due Aug. 8, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Alexander Cartwright

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information 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: City of Arlington - Open Records

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08/01/2017 Dear Alexander Cartwright,
Your public information request to the City of Arlington, received 7/18/2017, has been referred to me for response. I am contacting you in an effort to clarify your request. It is unclear from your request what complaints you are requesting. Are you requesting only formal complaints filed with Internal Affairs or all complaints made against a police officer. Please note that due to the time period, some of the files may not be accessible electronically and may have to be retrieved from archives. B
ased upon the volume of records being sought and the fact that some may have to be retrieved from archives, the cost associated with this request may exceed $100. We cannot provide more exact information pertaining to the cost until we receive clarification of your request. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your request, please feel free to contact me at the phone number or email address listed below.
Thank you,
Dawn Roberts
Assistant City Attorney (817)459-6878 dawn.roberts@arlingtontx.gov (mailto:dawn.roberts@arlingtontx.gov) Please note that a request for information is considered withdrawn if the requestor does not respond in writing to a governmental body's written request for clarification or additional information within 61 days.

From: Dawn Roberts

Mr. Cartwright,

I sent you an email yesterday through our FOIA system regarding a clarification. I apologize if you didn’t receive it. Here’s the email that I sent:

Your public information request to the City of Arlington, received 7/18/2017, has been referred to me for response. I am contacting you in an effort to clarify your request. It is unclear from your request what complaints you are requesting. Are you requesting only formal complaints filed with Internal Affairs or all complaints made against a police officer. Please note that due to the time period, some of the files may not be accessible electronically and may have to be retrieved from archives. Based upon the volume of records being sought and the fact that some may have to be retrieved from archives, the cost associated with this request may exceed $100. We cannot provide more exact information pertaining to the cost until we receive clarification of your request.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your request, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you,
Dawn Roberts
Assistant City Attorney
(817)459-6878

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello Ms. Roberts,

Thank you for following up with me. I am requesting data on all complaints made to the department (the data does not need to be broken down per officer).

Please advise the approximate cost of collecting this data. I understand that collecting this data for some years could require work in the archives.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

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