Police Data Collection Request (2021)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Brockton Police Department of Brockton, MA.


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. the total number of use of force incidents, separated by type of force and year used in 2021 (for example, information that specifies the number of taser incidents in 2021, baton incidents in 2021, etc.)

2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained in 2021.

3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained in 2021.

4. the total number of civilian complaints alleging biased policing or racial profiling that were reported and the total number sustained in 2021.

5. the total number of civilian complaints alleging criminal conduct that were reported and the total number sustained in 2021.

6. the total number of officer involved shootings in 2021, both fatal and non-fatal.

When available, I would appreciate being sent individualized data for each item in this request in spreadsheet format. If individualized data are unavailable, please send information that includes aggregate statistics for the item instead.

Note that my requests for civilian complaints are specifically for civilian complaints alleging police misconduct, please do not include complaints filed by one officer/the department against another officer.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Brockton Police Department

In Regards to your Public Records Request for Brockton Police Department
Police Data, I submit the following.
1. Use of Force Incidents
Taser - 19
K9- 4
OC- 2
Hands on-1
2. 2021 Reported Complaints -27
Sustained complaints- 3
3. 2021 Excessive Force complaints- 6
Sustained complaints- 0
4. 2021 Biased policing or racial profiling complaints- 0
Sustained complaints-0
5. 2021 Alleged criminal complaints- 0
Sustained complaints- 0
6. 2021 Officer Involved shootings-1

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sgt. Kenneth Lofstrom
Brockton P.D.
Internal Affairs
(508) 897-5356


There are no files associated with this request.