Columbus police assignments

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Columbus Division of Police of Columbus, OH .
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From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. The full names, employee ID numbers and assignments of all officers, from 2001-18. This should include all assignments (including the time period of each assignment) that each officer has had from 2001-2018.
2. A spreadsheet with all lawsuits alleging misconduct by Columbus police from 2001-2018.

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 10 business days.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Columbus Division of Police

Samuel Sinyangwe,

We received your request and cannot complete it as requested. At this time, Part 1 of the request is considered overly broad (see below) and Part 2 would have to be requested from the City Attorney's Office. The police department does not maintain the records for any lawsuits. We can give you a list of officers on the department now and it does have their date of hire. It would not include officer's ID numbers as they are not considered a public record. If you would like the current list, please let me know and I can arrange to send it to you.

Overly broad case law: State ex ref. Zidonis v. Columbus State Community College, 133 Ohio St.3d 122, 2012-Ohio-4228 (request for all litigation files and all grievance files for a period over six years, and for all emails between two employees during joint employment); State ex ref. Dehler v. Spatny, 127 Ohio St. 3d 312, 2010-Ohio-5711 (request for prison quartermaster's orders and receipts for clothing over seven years); State ex ref. Glasgow v. Jones, 119 Ohio St.3d 391, 2008-Ohio-4788 (request for all work-related emails, texts, and correspondence of an elected
official during six months in office); State ex ref. Daugherty v. Mohr, 10th Dist. No 11AP-5, 2011-Ohio-6453 (request for all policies,
emails, or memos regarding whether prison officials are authorized to 'triple cell' inmates into segregation); State ex ref. Davila v. Bellefontaine,
3d Dist. No. 8-11-01, 2011-Ohio-4890 (request to inspect 911 tapes covering 15 years); State ex ref. Davila v. East Liverpool, 7th Dist.
No. 10 CO 16, 2011-Ohio-1347, discretionary appeal not allowed 2011-Ohio-4217 (request to access tape recorded 911 calls and
radio traffic over seven years); State ex ref. Zauderer v. Joseph, 62 Ohio App.3d 752 (10th Dist. 1989) (request for all accident reports filed on a
given date with two law enforcement agencies).

Also See State ex rel. Zidonis v. Columbus State Community College, 133 Ohio St.3d 122, 2012-Ohio-4228, ¶ 30 (Public Records Act "does not
expressly require public offices to maintain emails so they can be retrieved by sender and recipient status."); State ex rel. Oriana House v.
Montgomery, 10th Dist. Nos. 04AP-492, 04AP-504, 2005-Ohio-3377, ¶ 89, rev'd on other grounds, 110 Ohio St.3d 456, 2006-Ohio-4854 (the fact
that requester made what it believed to be a specific request does not mandate that the public office keep its records in such a way that access
to the records was possible); State ex rel. Evans v. Parma, 8th Dist. No. 81236, 2003-Ohio-1159. 90 State ex rel. Evans v. Parma, 8th Dist. No. 81236, 2003-Ohio-1159, ¶15

Thank you,

A. Morris

From: Samuel Sinyangwe

Can you please send me the list of all officers and their assignments during each year from 2001-2018 (separated by year)? No need for the ID numbers if they cannot be provided.


From: Columbus Division of Police

I have responded and gave a total amount owed of $11.36 payable by certified check or money order to: Columbus City Treasurer-Police

It needs to be mailed to: Columbus Police Department
Public Records Unit
Attn. A. Morris
120 Marconi Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43215

I will also need you to refer on the check or money order this: PRR# 20-0180 I will also need a mailing address, as this is going out as certified and return receipt and need an actual address to be mailed to.

From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $11.36 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Columbus Division of Police

To whom it may concern,
Attached is a copy of the return receipt for this request. It was mailed out after receiving your check and it was signed and delivered to someone in your organization. There was a second check mailed out to us for the same request, we returned that check unopened to your company. At this point, there is nothing further we can do regarding this request.

Thank you, A. Morris