Use of Force/Complaints Data

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

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 2018- 00577 -F


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. Every use of force report made by Columbus police officers since 2000.
2. Every civilian complaint filed against Columbus police officers since 2000.

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.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Columbus Division of Police

To Whom It May Concern:

If you are wanting a public records request from the Columbus Division of Police, please email the request directly to "". "JBlackwell" has not worked for CPD for years and any request sent to the Chief may or may not be passed on to our unit. A formal letter has been sent to your offices further explaining the correct protocol to complete a request. If you have any questions regarding this issue, feel free to contact our unit at 614-645-4925. Thank you.


Kathryn Bowling

From: Columbus Division of Police


Attached is a document that summarizes every civilian complaint filed since 2001. The 2000 data is unavailable because of it being tracked on a system the Division no longer have access to. In regards to your use of force request, that request is far too broad. The Division does not track use of force reports in a spreadsheet or database. In order to comply with your request, I would have to go through the personnel file of every sworn employee on the Division and look for an use of force report dating back to 2000. If you have any questions, feel free to call the number below. Thank you.


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