Columbus, OH, PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Columbus Division of Police of Columbus, OH.
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From: Alexander Cartwright

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright

From: Columbus Division of Police

Mr. Cartwright,
We have received your request however you should know that 11-21-17 was the first time we received it. Muckrock has been sending requests to e-mail addresses of a former employee and to the Chief of Police and these requests have not always made it to the Public Records office. Hopefully that has been corrected and we will attempt to fill your request as soon as possible.

Thank you,

A. Morris

Amy L. Morris
Columbus Police Department
Public Records Unit
120 Marconi Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-645-4989
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

From: Columbus Division of Police

Mr. Cartwright,

I have uploaded multiple documents pertaining to your request. Attached is an Excel spreadsheet for all IAB complaints since 2001. It includes the type of complaint and the disposition. The Division does not retain separate records for personnel v. personnel complaints, those will be included in the spreadsheet with everything else. I have attached multiple documents to show the total number of calls for service in the time frame requested. Attached are also the Firearms Review Board Logs dating back to 2008. These logs separate the data as you've requested.

https://www.columbus.gov/police-annualreports/

The above link is in reference to the Division's Annual Reports. These reports usually will give basic information in regards to citizen complaints and calls for service. I suggest reviewing the Division's website for publicly published data (www.columbus.gov/police).

Respectfully,

Kathy Bowling
Management Analyst I
Public Records Unit
Columbus Division of Police
120 Marconi Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 645-4925 (main)
(614) 645-4896 (desk)
KBowling@columbuspolice.org

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