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Jeff Wesson filed this request with the Covina Police Department of Covina, CA.
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21-108

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From: Jeff Wesson


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

In accordance with SB1421 I would like any of the following complaints or records of disciplinary action:
Investigative reports, Photographic, audio, and video evidence; transcripts or recording of interviews.
Materials compiled and presented for review to the district attorney or to any person or body charged with determining whether to file criminal charges against an officer in connection with an incident, or whether the officer’s action was consistent with law and agency policy for purposes of discipline or administrative action, or what discipline to impose or corrective action to take.
Documents setting forth finding or recommended findings.
Copies of disciplinary records relating to the incident, including any letters of intent to impose discipline, any documents reflecting modifications of discipline due to the Skelly or grievance process, and letters indicating final imposition of discipline or other documentation reflecting implementation of corrective action.

Please also include a report of training records and arrests and uses of force:

For the following officers:
Officer Thomas Gooch

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jeff Wesson

From: Covina Police Department

Dear Mr. Wesson,

The City has now received your request for public records and a determination will be provided within 10 days.

At this time we would like to ask for clarification on your request to ensure the proper records are being searched for. Please clarify if you are requesting the list of complaints, records of disciplinary action, and report of training records relating to Officer Gooch or are you seeking complaints or records of disciplinary action for the department and only training records relating to Officer Gooch.

Respectfully,

[cid:image004.png@01D73A85.C34E7800]<http://www.covinaca.gov/>Fabian Velez | Records Technician
City Clerk’s Office | 125 E. College Street | Covina, CA 91723
626-384-5430 |Email: fvelez@covinaca.gov<mailto:fvelez@covinaca.gov> | www.covinaca.gov<http://www.covinaca.gov/>
Covina City Hall is open Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00p.m., Closed Fridays
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From: Jeff Wesson

Just the Records pertaining to Officer Gooch.
Thank you

From: Covina Police Department

Re: Public Records Act Request PRR 21-108

Dear Mr. Wesson:

On April 26, 2021, the City of Covina ("City") received your request for public records. In accordance with Government Code Sections 6253(c) and 6255(b), this letter serves as the City's written response to your request. Your request seeks records of complaints or records of disciplinary action regarding Officer Thomas Gooch as follows:

* Investigative reports;
* Photographic, audio, and video evidence;
* Transcripts or recording of interviews;
* Materials compiled and presented for review to the District Attorney or to any person or body charged with determining whether to file criminal charges against an officer in connection with an incident, or whether the officer's action was consistent with law and agency policy for purposes of discipline or administrative action, or what discipline to impose or corrective action to take;
* Documents setting forth finding or recommended findings relating to disciplinary action;
* Copies of disciplinary records relating to the incident, including any letters of intent to impose discipline;
* Any documents reflecting modifications of discipline due to the Skelly or grievance process;
* Letters indicating final imposition of discipline or other documentation reflecting implementation of corrective action; and
* A report of training records and arrests and uses of force.

The City has conducted a thorough review of its files and has collected all documents responsive to your request that are not exempt from disclosure pursuant to the Public Records Act. Except as noted below, all disclosable documents responsive to your request are enclosed with this letter.

Please note that the Public Records Act permits a local agency to withhold from disclosure records that are exempt from disclosure (Cal. Gov't Code § 6250 et seq.). Therefore, to the extent certain documents are exempt from disclosure, the City will withhold certain records from disclosure, in whole or in part, pursuant to the following exemptions:

1. Records of complaints to, or investigations conducted by, a local policy agency, or any investigatory files compiled by a local agency for law enforcement purposes are exempt from disclosure pursuant to California Government Code Section 6254(f).

In addition, the City has no documents that are required to be disclosed under California Penal Code Section 832.7(b).

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact our office at 626-384-5430 or cityclerk@covinaca.gov.

Respectfully,

[cid:image002.png@01D7429E.08EE9B40]<http://www.covinaca.gov/>Fabian Velez | Records Technician
City Clerk's Office | 125 E. College Street | Covina, CA 91723
626-384-5430 |Email: fvelez@covinaca.gov<mailto:fvelez@covinaca.gov> | www.covinaca.gov<http://www.covinaca.gov/>
Covina City Hall is open Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00p.m., Closed Fridays
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From: Jeff Wesson

Thank you,
Question, Level II officers must complete 24 hours of CPT every 2 years per POST, correct?
It appears that this reserve officer is out of compliance. Can you confirm? what is the penalty or actions taken by your agency for someone out of compliance?
What is your department policy on CPT compliance?

Thank you
Jeff Wesson.

From: Covina Police Department

Dear Mr. Wesson,

Attached is the training policy for which Officer Gooch is in compliance with. There are currently no documents specifying a penalty for officers out of compliance as they are scheduled for training when found to be out of compliance.

Respectfully,

[cid:image003.png@01D756D7.0A5D4100]<http://www.covinaca.gov/>Fabian Velez | Records Technician
City Clerk’s Office | 125 E. College Street | Covina, CA 91723
626-384-5430 |Email: fvelez@covinaca.gov<mailto:fvelez@covinaca.gov> | www.covinaca.gov<http://www.covinaca.gov/>
Covina City Hall is open Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00p.m., Closed Fridays
Go Green! Please consider the environment before printing this email.

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