Austin, TX PD Citizen Complaints Independent Police Monitor

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Office of the Police Monitor of Austin, TX.
Tracking # 38905
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

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. This project requires us to request data from your department. If you have questions about this request or suggestions, we would be happy to discuss them with you.

1. What is the total number of citizen complaints (allegations of misconduct) made against your department’s officers annually for the last 10 years? If your department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs is fine instead.

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? If your department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs is fine instead.

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? If your department logs calls for service in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs is fine instead.

4. What is the annual number of officers involved in shootings in your department for the past 10 years? Any documentation or reports that detail the annual number of officer-involved shootings in your department for the past 10 years would be sufficient.

Please include documentation regarding how many of these officer-involved shootings involved disciplinary action. (Please list officer firearm discharge directed at a person separately from a shooting involving an animal and separately from accidental firearm discharges).

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.

Collecting this information is very important to our research, so we would like to emphasize, if you have questions about my request or suggestions, we would be happy to discuss them with you.

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 and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From:

Dear Alexander Cartwright,
Thank you for your e-mail to the City of Austin. Your request is being processed.
Consistent with the Texas Public Information Act, you can expect communication from the City of Austin within 10 business days after the date the information was requested.
The City of Austin will make the effort to ensure that the information you have requested is made available to you in a timely manner. However, depending on the scope of the request and the time required to research and compile the information, should the City of Austin not be readily able to produce the information you have requested, the communication you receive may indicate items such as:
Thus, please note that the communication you can expect to receive does not necessarily mean responsive information you have requested will be available within the 10 business days.
For more information about the Public Information Act visit the City of Austin website at http://www.austintexas.gov/department/open-records (http://www.austintexas.gov/department/open-records)

Thank you,
PIO Public Information Specialist

From: Information, Public

Thank you for your request. Please be advised you must also send this request to management.records@austintexas.gov in order to obtain any responsive information from the Austin Police Department. The remaining portion of your request is currently being processed by the Police Monitor.

Pursuant to section 552.30l(c) of the Government Code, the City of Austin has designated certain addresses to receive requests for public information sent by electronic mail. For requests seeking records held by the Austin Police Department, the address is: management.records@austintexas.gov. For requests seeking records held by any other City department, the address is: public.information@austintexas.gov. Your request will not be considered received unless it is sent to the proper address.

Again, your request will require responses from both public.information@austintexas.gov as well as the Austin Police Department. Please also send this request to management.records@austintexas.gov.

Thank you,
PIR Team
City of Austin- Law Department
(512) 974-2268

From: Police Monitor

Hello,

I am writing in response to your request for public information.
1. What is the total number of citizen complaints (allegations of misconduct) made against your department's officers annually for the last 10 years? If your department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs is fine instead. (Answer: Please see annual report(s).)
Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated). (Answer: Please see annual report(s).)
2. What is the total number of complaints police officers made against their peer officers in department annually for the last 10 years? If your department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs is fine instead. (Answer: Please see annual report(s).)
Please include the type of complaint (i.e., use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e., sustained, exonerated). (Answer: Please see annual report(s).)
3. What is the total number of calls for service your department received annually for the past 10 years? If your department logs calls for service in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs is fine instead. (Answer: The Office of the Police Monitor does not track calls for service answered by the police department.)
4. What is the annual number of officers involved in shootings in your department for the past 10 years? Any documentation or reports that detail the annual number of officer-involved shootings in your department for the past 10 years would be sufficient. (Answer: Please see annual report(s).)
Please include documentation regarding how many of these officer-involved shootings involved disciplinary action. (Please list officer firearm discharge directed at a person separately from a shooting involving an animal and separately from accidental firearm discharges). (Answer: All events that result in disciplinary action against an officer are published on our website. http://www.austintexas.gov/department/disciplinary-memos )
5. Which of the above data are published publicly? Please provide a link to any and all publicly available reports containing the data above. (Answer: Please see annual report(s).)

Link to our website where you can find annual reports dating back to 2002: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/annual-police-monitor-reports

This satisfies your request for information, your request is now considered closed.

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: Office of the Police Monitor

Dear Alexander Cartwright,
Thank you for your e-mail to the City of Austin. Your request is being processed.
Consistent with the Texas Public Information Act, you can expect communication from the City of Austin within 10 business days after the date the information was requested.
The City of Austin will make the effort to ensure that the information you have requested is made available to you in a timely manner. However, depending on the scope of the request and the time required to research and compile the information, should the City of Austin not be readily able to produce the information you have requested, the communication you receive may indicate items such as:
Thus, please note that the communication you can expect to receive does not necessarily mean responsive information you have requested will be available within the 10 business days.
For more information about the Public Information Act visit the City of Austin website at http://www.austintexas.gov/department/open-records (http://www.austintexas.gov/department/open-records)

Thank you,
PIO Public Information Specialist

From: Office of the Police Monitor

Hello,
I am responding to a request for public information that was submitted to the Office of the Police Monitor in Austin, Texas.

Your request & responses:
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).
Response: This information is available via our website in our annual reports please see: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/annual-police-monitor-reports these reports date back to 2002.
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).
Response: This information is available via our website in our annual reports please see: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/annual-police-monitor-reports these reports date back to 2002.
3. What is the total number of calls for service your department received annually for the past 10 years?
Response: We do not receive "Calls for Service" as we are not an emergency response department.
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.
Response: This information is available via our website in our annual reports, it is also my understanding the Austin Police Department has also provided this information to the requestor.
5. Which of the above data are published publicly? Please provide a link to any and all publicly available reports containing the data above.
Response: This information is all made available via our website in our annual reports please see: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/annual-police-monitor-reports these reports date back to 2002. At times
The Office of the Police Monitor was also able to produce mid-year reports that would include most, if not all of this requested information/data.

We now consider this request for public information completed and closed.

Thank you,

Mia Demers
Community Liaison
Office of the Police Monitor

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