Des Moines PD complaints

Jonathan Mummolo filed this request with the Des Moines Police Department of Des Moines, IA.


From: Jonathan Mummolo

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of all complaints filed against Des Moines Police Department personnel, pertaining to incidents involving the use of force or any allegations of improper behavior on the part of DMPD personnel, for as many years as are preserved on record.

We request that these data be supplied without redactions. This includes, but is not limited to, the date, time, and location of the incident generating the complaint, the names of DMPD personnel involved in the incident, the incident summary and disposition of any ensuing investigation into the complaint.

If this request is unclear, we ask that you contact us for clarification rather than denying our request outright. We further ask that if certain information cannot be shared that you fulfill our request in part rather than denying it in full, and explain the reason (relevant statute and code section) for withholding any information.

If records are digitized (i.e. they exist in database or spreadsheet form) we ask that data be supplied in digital form rather than via hard copies.

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, as the statute requires.


Jonathan Mummolo

From: Des Moines Police Department

Attached are the documents we have that are responsive to your request. Our policy on retention of complaints is:

G. Records kept in anticipation of litigation and subsequent retention periods

1. The Office of Professional Standards will retain, for a period of three years, all Personnel Complaints and Administrative Reviews. The exception to the three-year retention period is Personnel Complaints, CARE inquiries and Administrative Reviews dealing with the allegation of inappropriate force. In those incidents, the retention period is five years.

2. Use of force incident reports will be retained for five years.

3. Pursuit reports will be retained for three years.

4. CARE inquiries will be retained for a period of two years.

5. At the beginning of each month, personnel of the Office of Professional Standards will physically destroy those records that have met the two-year, three-year and five-year retention requirement. Those records kept in the computer will be purged from the computer system at the beginning of each month, using the same retention criteria.



Sgt. Paul Parizek

Public Information Officer, Media Office

Des Moines Police Department

(515) 720-4043