CPD Annual Analysis of Use of Force incidents (2010 to 2014)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Cambridge Police Department of Cambridge, MA.

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

The Annual Analysis of Use of Force Incidents Report completed for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Per CPD policy on reporting use of force incidents (see http://www.cambridgema.gov/~/media/Files/policedepartment/Policies/Use%20of%20Force%20Reportingfinal.pdf):

"C. Annual Analysis of Use of Force Incidents: At the conclusion of every calendar year, the Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Professional Standards Section will conduct a thorough review of all incidents that involved officers’ use of force for the preceding twelve-month period. Upon completion of that review, the Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Professional Standards Section will
conduct an analysis of the completed reports for the purpose of detecting any patterns or trends that could indicate the need for additional training, equipment upgrades, or policy modifications.

1. The reviewing Deputy Superintendent in charge of the Professional Standards Section will consider all information that is contained within the Use of Force Reports and the associated incident reports.

2. At the completion of his/her analysis, the reviewing Deputy Superintendent will summarize each of the incidents in a detailed report. That report will determine the existence or absence of any patterns or trends, and make appropriate recommendations for training, needs, equipment upgrades, and/or policy modifications.

3. The Annual Analysis Report along with the Use of Force Reports will be forwarded to the Police Commissioner. The Police Commissioner will review the annual report and consider its recommendations, if any, take appropriate corrective action, if needed.

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 fees cannot be waived, 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Warnick,Jeremy

Good morning.

This is an acknowledgement that we have received and are processing your request. We hope to have the annual analysis reports early next week.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Warnick
Director of Communications & Media Relations
Cambridge Police Department
125 Sixth Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
O: 617-349-3237
@CambridgePolice<https://twitter.com/CambridgePolice>

From: Shawn Musgrave

Jeremey -

Thanks for confirming!

-Shawn

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 15, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Warnick,Jeremy

Good afternoon.

Per your request, I have attached Cambridge Police Department's annual analysis of the department's use of force incidents for 2010-2014. Each year, these reports evolved to feature more detailed information.
To view a snapshot, I have detailed a breakdown of our use of force incidents by type over each year. As you'll see, the 2014 numbers declined 19% from 2010 and 27% from 2011. Correspondingly, our total complaints have reduced 80% in the last 15 years (41 in 1999 to 8 in 2014), while our excessive force complaints have dropped 80% (5 in 1999 and 1 in 2014). We attribute this to the proactive efforts of the Professional Standards Unit (audits, inspections related to compliance) and an increased emphasis in training.
Type of Force

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Hands

39

53

47

34

29

Takedown/ Prone Position

20

2

9

17

23

OC Spray

13

14

8

7

6

PR24**

6

9

6

5

3

Firearm Pointed

5

15

6

13

7

Firearm Discharged

2

1

0

0*

1

Total Number of Incidents

85

94

76

77

69

*Does not include events associated with the manhunt in Watertown.

**A PR24 is a control device (also referred to as a baton).

Jeremy

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