Colorado Springs, CO, PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Colorado Springs Police Department of Colorado Springs, 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:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am an Economics Professor in the College of Business at Ferris State University, and I am engaged in an empirical research project on police behavior and citizen complaints. This project requires me to request data from your department. If you have questions about my request or suggestions, I 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 my research, so I would like to emphasize, if you have questions about my request or suggestions, I 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright

From: BLACK, Howard Eugene

There will be an expense for this request. Please give me a call at 719-444-7412.

Lt Black

July 20, 2017
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 S Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am an Economics Professor in the College of Business at Ferris State University, and I am engaged in an empirical research project on police behavior and citizen complaints. This project requires me to request data from your department. If you have questions about my request or suggestions, I 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 my research, so I would like to emphasize, if you have questions about my request or suggestions, I 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright

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Lieutenant Howard Black
Public Affairs Section, PIO
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
(719) 444-7412

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From: Alexander Cartwright

Lt. Black,

I appreciate the prompt response. Could you please send me, electronically, the estimated cost for this request?

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: BLACK, Howard Eugene

Received and working on the estimate.

Lieutenant Howard Black
Public Affairs Section, PIO
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
(719) 444-7412

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From: BLACK, Howard Eugene

See below remarks.

Howard

Lieutenant Howard Black
Public Affairs Section, PIO
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
(719) 444-7412

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Ok, so I have tried to look this stuff over a little more closely. I am estimating about 8-10 hours to sift and redact officer information. See below for responses to specific questions:

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

I see that it will take an estimated 10 hours but how much will that cost?

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: BLACK, Howard Eugene

Alex,

$30 per hour.

Howard

Lieutenant Howard Black
Public Affairs Section, PIO
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
(719) 444-7412

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Could you please send me a breakdown of approximately how many hours it will take to fulfill each part of the request? I ask because I plan on cutting down the request in order to reduce the cost.

How much would it cost to fulfill only numbers 1,2 and 4 of my request?

Thank you very much.

From: BLACK, Howard Eugene

Checking

Lieutenant Howard Black
Public Affairs Section, PIO
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
(719) 444-7412

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From: BLACK, Howard Eugene

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).

Approximately 2 hours of pulling reports?

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). I am still not sure if I can provide accurate reports for this information. This is something I started to clearly track when I started in the unit but I have to research how this was tracked in past years.

Approximately 2 hours?

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.

I can provide a table showing the shootings (deadly force incidents) that have occurred within the last 10 years. I don’t know that I have any information about shooting at animals prior to 2016. We started capturing that data when we implemented new software in 2016.

Approximately 1 hour.

I am estimating a total estimate 5 hours of work. However, I am in the process of updating several high priority policies and still dealing with CALEA. Even though it is only 5 hours of work, it will take about a month before I can produce everything in releasable format.

Lieutenant Howard Black
Public Affairs Section, PIO
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
(719) 444-7412

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you for the cost estimate. I see a total of 5 hours or $150. Can I send your department a check for $150? Can you please provide payment instructions.

From: BLACK, Howard Eugene

You can send a check via my office, made out to the Colorado Springs Police Department. Please understand this request is one of many and will be accomplished as staff time allows.

Howard

Lieutenant Howard Black
Public Affairs Section, PIO
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
(719) 444-7412

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From: MuckRock.com


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $150.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: BLACK, Howard Eugene

Your request has been received and we are in the process of pulling data.

Howard

Lieutenant Howard Black
Public Affairs Section, PIO
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
(719) 444-7412

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From: Colorado Springs Police Department

This is still being worked.

Howard

Lieutenant Howard Black
Public Affairs Section, PIO
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
(719) 444-7412

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From: Colorado Springs Police Department

We have gone well over the 5 hours, working an estimated 10-12 hours trying to determine how to extract this information from the database. However, there will be no additional fee.

Here are a couple notes:

1) The year by year spreadsheet is a list of all cases for each year with the disposition of the case, not the individual allegations.

2) The firearm discharge table is for 2016 and 2017. We did not start tracking these with any precision until 2016 when we implemented new software tracking.

3) The request asked for a categorization of complaints. I am unable to easily pull this information in a coherent way. I might be able to pull a list of cases by specific allegations but that will require several hours of additional work to extract and clean for presentation. We do not have a trained analyst that can easily compile this information.

Howard

Lieutenant Howard Black
Public Affairs Section, PIO
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
(719) 444-7412

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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

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