ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Arvada Police Department of Arvada, CO.
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From: Ken Schwencke


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open 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: Bonnie Carson

Mr. Schwencke,

I am the Records Supervisor for the Arvada Police Department. I am in
receipt of the request you filed through MuckRock News. As I understand
it, you are requesting for our department to conduct a search of our
records for the past six years for bias motivated crimes.

I am attaching a copy of our current fee schedule. If you wish for us to
complete an extended computer search, please forward a deposit of $20.00,
payable to the City of Arvada to my attention. Once I have received your
deposit, I will begin my search.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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Bonnie Carson

Records Supervisor

Arvada Police Department

(720) 898-6930

bcarson@arvada.org

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From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Bonnie,

Sorry I'm just getting back to you. I've sent off a check for $20!

Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
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From: MuckRock.com


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $20.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Arvada Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Bonnie Carson

Mr. Schwencke,
My records indicate that I received your check and the information you
requested was sent on September 6, 2017 to the following address: MuckRock

DEPT MR 40158

411A Highland Ave

Somerville, MA 02144-2516

If you need me to re-send the information, please let me know.

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Bonnie Carson

Records Supervisor

Arvada Police Department

(720) 898-6930

bcarson@arvada.org

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From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Bonnie,

Thanks for getting back to me. I'll double-check with MuckRock if they've received the letter, but would it be possible to get a digital, emailed copy of what you sent?

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

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