Boulder, CO PD Citizen Complaints

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright

From: Eckstrom, Kady

Attached is the statistic request form. Please submit your request on this form and we will forward it to our statistic research department.
Thanks, and have a great day.

Kady Eckstrom
Records and Information Services
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eckstromk@bouldercolorado.gov<mailto:eckstromk@bouldercolorado.gov>

Boulder Police Department
1805 33rd St.
Boulder, CO 80301
303-441-3300
pdrecords@bouldercolorado.gov<mailto:pdrecords@bouldercolorado.gov>

From: Spraggs, Andrea

Hello Mr. Cartwright,
I will be your contact for this request.

I understand our Statistical Request form was already emailed to you, however, I’m attaching it here as well. Due to magnitude of your request, we will need to charge you for 2 hours of work, initially. There is no charge for the first hour of work, then $30.00 an hour after that. We will need payment before we begin. If your request should take longer than two hours, I will contact you with additional details and payment.

Your request is extensive and will take some time to complete; I anticipate a couple of weeks.

If you would like to proceed, please complete the attached request form and resubmit to me.

Thank you.

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Andrea Spraggs | Supervisor
Records and Information Services
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f (303) 441-4330
spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov <mailto:spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov>

Boulder Police Department
1805 33rd St | Boulder, CO 80301
www.bouldercolorado.gov<http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/>

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From: Alexander Cartwright

Hello Ms. Spraggs,

Thank you for the prompt response. Attached, please find the completed Data Request form. You will note that I have reviewed the publicly available information on Boulder and have attempted to minimize my request in order to minimize expenditure. I will await your response.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Alex Cartwright

From: Spraggs, Andrea

Hello Mr. Cartwright,
Your request is still extensive and will require some time to compile and complete. We will work on this for the first hour and I will reach out to you if it will take longer. Information for this request will need to be gathered from multiple contacts at our department. I will remain your main contact and will be in touch as the request moves forward.

We are implementing a new Records Management System for our entire department next week which will add time in completing your request.

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Andrea Spraggs | Supervisor
Records and Information Services
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p (303) 441-4361
f (303) 441-4330
spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov <mailto:spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov>

Boulder Police Department
1805 33rd St | Boulder, CO 80301
www.bouldercolorado.gov<http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/>

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From: Alexander Cartwright

Thank you. I will look forward to your response.

Very Respectfully,
-Alex Cartwright

From: Spraggs, Andrea

Hello Alex,
We are still compiling your data.

Regarding #1 on your request sheet: The publishing of Professional Standards reports started in 2015, which you have the data for from our website. As your request stands now, it would take several days to create reports from previous years which we would have to charge for, creating a substantial amount owed before the project would begin. If you are able to specify what data you are looking for prior to 2015, we could reduce the time and costs involved. Per our Professional Standards Sergeant, reports prior to 2012 may be incomplete due to purging requirements.

Please let us know how you would like to proceed with #1.

Thank you.

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Andrea Spraggs | Supervisor
Records and Information Services
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p (303) 441-4361
f (303) 441-4330
spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov <mailto:spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov>

Boulder Police Department
1805 33rd St | Boulder, CO 80301
www.bouldercolorado.gov<http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/>

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From: Alexander Cartwright

Hello Mrs. Spraggs,

I am interested in all the data specified in the letter attached to my email on 7/19. I have done my best to minimize the scope of the request. Please send me a cost estimate ASAP.

Thank you for your help.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Spraggs, Andrea

Hello Alex,
Unfortunately, I never received a response as you noted below on July 29th, so this request hasn’t moved forward.

I will pass along your continued interest with this request. Once I am told how long it may take to compile this data, I will respond to you with an estimate payable before we begin.

Thank you,

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Andrea Spraggs | Supervisor
Records and Information Services
[Police_lockup_COBLogo]
p (303) 441-4361
f (303) 441-4330
spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov <mailto:spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov>

Boulder Police Department
1805 33rd St | Boulder, CO 80301
www.bouldercolorado.gov<http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/>

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello Ms. Spraggs,

Thanks for the update. I will look for the cost estimate. I thought I had responded to all of your questions- forgive me for being confused, but is there anything I can clarify?

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Spraggs, Andrea

Hello Mr. Cartwright,
Per our Internal Affairs Sergeant, he will need at least 5 hours of work time to compile your data. This is an initial estimate of time and will be updated as he works on this project. We will need payment of $120.00 (4 x $30.00, the first hour is free) to begin. I’ve attached our fee schedule in the event you have any questions.

You may pay by credit card by calling our Records department at 303-441-3300 M-F 7 am - 7 pm. If you chose to pay by check, you may mail it to the following address payable to the Boulder Police Department:
Attn: Andrea
1805 33rd St
Boulder, CO 80301

Please let me know how you’d like to proceed. Thank you.

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Andrea Spraggs | Supervisor
Records and Information Services
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p (303) 441-4361
f (303) 441-4330
spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov <mailto:spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov>

Boulder Police Department
1805 33rd St | Boulder, CO 80301
www.bouldercolorado.gov<http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/>

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To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $120.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Spraggs, Andrea

Hello,
We received your payment via USPS yesterday, 9/25/17. I will notify our Internal Affairs Sergeant that payment has been received and he may begin working on this request.

Once I am told how long this may take, I will let you know.

Thank you.

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Andrea Spraggs | Supervisor
Records and Information Services
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p (303) 441-4361
f (303) 441-4330
spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov <mailto:spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov>

Boulder Police Department
1805 33rd St | Boulder, CO 80301
www.bouldercolorado.gov<http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/>

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From: Spraggs, Andrea

Hello Mr. Cartwright,

Below you will find responses to your data request.

1) See attached. Reports for 2016 and 2016 are accessible on our webpage.

2) Calls for service – 10 years.
2016 - 69860
2015 - 67458
2014 - 59341
2013 - 58852
2012 – 91675
2011 – 81218
2010 – 78303
2009 – 77745
2008 – 78204
2007 – 87320

3) Officer Involved Shootings
2016 - 2
2015 - 1
2014 - 1
2013 - 1
2012 – 0
2011 – 0
2010 – 0
2009 – 0
2008 – 0
2007 – 0

Per our Detective Sergeant, reports of officer involved shootings are not maintained by the Boulder Police Department. All police reports regarding an officer involved shooting are forwarded on to the District Attorney for investigation.

No officer involved shootings resulted in discipline.

The information above does not include animal data. If you are wanting specific numbers on officer involved shootings of animals, that would require additional searching. Due to the magnitude of reports both our Animal Control Unit and Officers generate regarding animals, a hand search would need to be completed. Please advise what you would like to do. If you want this data, we would require an additional payment of 3 hours of work totaling $90.00 to begin. Due to the current amount of statistical request we are working on, this request would not be started until late October – at the earliest.

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Andrea Spraggs | Supervisor
Records and Information Services
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p (303) 441-4361
f (303) 441-4330
spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov <mailto:spraggsa@bouldercolorado.gov>

Boulder Police Department
1805 33rd St | Boulder, CO 80301
www.bouldercolorado.gov<http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/>

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