Fullerton, CA PD Citizen Complaints

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), I hereby request the following records:

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 and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: JOSE ARANA

Mr. MuckRock-

I am a Sergeant currently assigned to the Fullerton Police Department Professional Standards / Internal Affairs (IA) Unit. Our Press Information Officer (PIO), Jon Radus forwarded your public records request to my office for review and response.

I am currently in the process of obtaining the records you requested. The search of the requested records is voluminous and time intensive, therefore I will forward the records after the 10 days needed to respond. Please let me know if I can further assist.

Respectfully,
Sgt. Arana

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello Sgt. Arana,

Thank you for the prompt response to our request. I understand the request is extensive and will require some time to complete. Please keep me updated.

Respectfully, Alex Cartwright

From: JOSE ARANA

Good morning Mr. Cartwright. Attached are the records you requested. Feel free to let me know if you need further assistance. Sgt. Arana

In regards to question #1, we have 212 documented citizen complaints in the last 10 years.

In regards to question #2, we do not have any documented complaints in which a police officer has made a complaint against a peer officer.

The police department statistics are found in the city of Fullerton website. Below, you will find the link in order to locate department statistics. After logging on to the city website, click in the following order to arrive at the statistics section.

Police badge on left hand side
Government
Police
About FPD
Transparency
Internal administration investigation statistics

http://www.fullertonpd.org/about/transparency_.asp

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you for the response.

As request in #1, I need to know the total complaints "per year" in the last ten years. For example 25 in 2007, 26 in 2008 etc., You have only provided the total number of complaints over all 10 years. Can you please clarify how many complaints transpired each year.

Regarding item 2, some departments call the item I am looking for "internal" complaints. How many internal complaints were there in your department, per year, during each year in the last 10 years (for example, 2 in 2009, 10 in 2010 etc).

Thank you very much for what you have provided thus far- it is very helpful!
Alex Cartwright

From: JOSE ARANA

Good morning Mr. Cartwright.

As to question #1, the following are the number of complaints received per year; 2017 (13), 2016 (11), 2015 (21), 2014 (12), 2013 (11), 2012 (24), 2011 (29), 2010 (29), 2009 (34), 2008 (36).

As to question #2, we do not have any documented internal complaints in which peers complained against each other.

Feel free to contact me if you have additional questions.

Sgt. Arana

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you Sgt. Arana. I just want to confirm: is it true that Fullerton CA PD does not keep any records on "internal" complaints?

Thank you. -Alex Cartwright

From: JOSE ARANA

Hello Sir. I should have asked you in the previous request, how are you defining “internal” complaints?

Sgt. Arana

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