Downey, CA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Downey Police Department of Downey, CA.
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From: Alexander Cartwright

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright

From: Perry Miller

Your request is being handled and you should be receiving the results within a week from now.

Thank you,

Perry Miller
Police Sergeant/Professional Standards
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10911 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241
Office: 562-904-2335
Email: pmiller@downeyca.org<mailto:pmiller@downeyca.org>
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From: Perry Miller

The request has been completed and submitted to our City Attorney for approval. I should have that back and sent to you on Wednesday, September 6th.

Thank you,

Perry Miller
Police Sergeant/Professional Standards
[cid:image005.jpg@01D007FF.21EDEC80]<http://www.downeyca.org/>
10911 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241
Office: 562-904-2335
Email: pmiller@downeyca.org<mailto:pmiller@downeyca.org>
"Our Community, Our Commitment"

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From: Perry Miller

Attached is the information for your Public Records Act Request.

Thank you,

Perry Miller
Police Sergeant/Professional Standards
[cid:image005.jpg@01D007FF.21EDEC80]<http://www.downeyca.org/>
10911 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241
Office: 562-904-2335
Email: pmiller@downeyca.org<mailto:pmiller@downeyca.org>
"Our Community, Our Commitment"

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

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