Elgin, TX PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Elgin Police Department of Elgin, IL.
Tracking # 24930
Due Aug. 17, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Alexander Cartwright

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 to 11), 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright

From: EPDRecords

Hello,

You have reached the Elgin Police Department in the State of Illinois; however, your email subject is requesting FOIA information from Elgin, Texas. If the request is for the state of Texas, then you will need to contact them instead. Please confirm if this is for Illinois or Texas.
Thanks,

Diana Asod
Elgin Police Department
Records Clerk

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Yes- it is for Texas. Please excuse the error.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Please excuse the error, I AM looking for Elgin, Illinois!

Please disregard my previous message.

From: Mike Gehrman

Mr. Cartwright:

Please contact me at your earliest convenience regarding your above-captioned request for records. The purpose of this e-mail is to attempt to reduce the proportions of your request to more manageable proportions and to obtain clarification on an ambiguity contained in your request. Please note that I will be out of the office for a period of time beginning Monday, August 14, 2017. In the event you are unable to reach me, please leave a voicemail message including your phone number.

Thank you,

Michael Gehrman
Assistant Corporation Counsel
City of Elgin, Illinois
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL 60120
847-931-5658 (office)
847-942-1605 (cell)
847-931-5665 (fax)
gehrman_m@cityofelgin.org

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Mr. Gehrman,

Thank you for your prompt response. I will call you tomorrow.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Mike Gehrman

Mr. Cartwright:

Pursuant to our conversation today, this is to confirm that the city of Elgin will provide you with the following items within the next 5 business days:

1) Total number of citizen complaints;

2) Total number of internally generated complaints;

3) Total number of calls for service; and

4) Annual number of shootings

involving police officers for the past 10 years.

As we discussed, to the extent it is possible to do so, we will also provide you with any documentation (updated to today's date) which has previously been compiled regarding disciplinary types and results.

In the meantime, if you require anything further, or wish to discuss your request, you may reach either myself or James Barnes at the e-mail addresses provided for herein.

Michael Gehrman
Assistant Corporation Counsel
City of Elgin, Illinois
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL 60120
847-931-5658 (office)
847-942-1605 (cell)
847-931-5665 (fax)
gehrman_m@cityofelgin.org

From: Elgin FOIA Center

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08/11/2017
Alexander Cartwright
DEPT MR 40637
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
RE: FOIA Request for Police Records from Police
Dear Alexander Cartwright,
This is to advise you that your request for records pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act; is being researched and that we are requesting a five day extension to process this request. The five day extension is based upon the following statutory explanation: 5 ILCS 140/3(e)(ii) The time for response under this Section may be extended by the public body for not more than 5 business days from the original due date for the following reason: The request requires the collection of a substantial number of specified records. Sincerely,
Maureen Kehoe Deputy Director of Records Elgin Police Department
151 Douglas Ave. Elgin, IL 60120 847289-2576 kehoe_m@cityofelgin.org

From: Elgin FOIA Center

Attachments:
2016_Calls_for_service_012017.xls (https://elginil.s3-us-gov-west-1.amazonaws.com/637b436d-7e36-8966-832e-3438bc272096.xls?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIALY722I53BLDXICKQ&Expires=1506795327&response-content-disposition=attachment%3B%20filename%3D2016_Calls_for_service_012017.xls&Signature=tYY1vRSB%2FLRELrilUyzmo6viRgI%3D)
L-FOI-#24930-Response_to_Questions_1_2_4.pdf (https://elginil.s3-us-gov-west-1.amazonaws.com/54dc3247-d68b-becf-3953-59bf2f6b6afc.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIALY722I53BLDXICKQ&Expires=1506795327&response-content-disposition=attachment%3B%20filename%3DL-FOI-%252324930-Response_to_Questions_1_2_4.pdf&Signature=m9o0%2BO6RzXOb3MPT%2FagPBOEVBp4%3D)
L-FOI-#24930-Spreadsheet.pdf (https://elginil.s3-us-gov-west-1.amazonaws.com/03f94f8a-1511-6212-2b30-e71e784bc99b.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIALY722I53BLDXICKQ&Expires=1506795327&response-content-disposition=attachment%3B%20filename%3DL-FOI-%252324930-Spreadsheet.pdf&Signature=AVJdnOJ40DiH9zdabB%2B5gpfI3XQ%3D)

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

I am having difficulty opening the second and third documents that you sent. Could you please re-send them as attachments instead of links?

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

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