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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, 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.

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.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright

From: Warnick,Jeremy

Mr. Cartwright,

This was previously responded to on August 1, 2017.

Jeremy Warnick
Director of Communications
Cambridge Police Department

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello Mr. Warnick,

I did not receive the 8/1 response to my request which you referenced in you 8/11 communication. Could you please send me your 8/1 message again? Also, would you kindly provide an update on my 7/18 request?

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Warnick,Jeremy

Mr. Cartwright,

Here is the message that was issued on August 1st related to your 7/18 request.

Jeremy Warnick
Director of Communications
Cambridge Police Department

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: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

I am writing to follow up on my original request made on 7/18/17

Thank you very much for providing the information we requested. I am writing to ask for some clarification regarding the data on officer-involved shootings you provided us with. What constitutes an officer-involved shooting in your department? For example, some departments do not count misses while others count all discharges; some include shots at animals. Other departments include intentional and accidental shootings; others do not. Please explain to us how your department classifies the OIS included in the numbers you sent to us.

Very Respectfully, Alex Cartwright

From: Cambridge Police Department

Good afternoon, Alex.

We document all incidents involving firearm discharge. For example, as noted in the Use of Force – 2016 Final Report, there were three (3) incidents involving a firearm discharge. “During one incident, an officer was involved in a foot pursuit and accidently discharged his firearm when tripping over a park bench. Though the officer did have his firearm pointed at the subject, the discharge was not intentional. The remaining two incidents involved rabid animals. Officers were ordered to put them out of their misery, thereby making a firearm discharge necessary.”

Jeremy Warnick
Director of Communications
Cambridge Police Department

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you!

From: Cambridge Police Department

Please note this was previously responded to.

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