Garland, TX PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Garland Texas Police Department of Garland, TX.
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GCA17-0471

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Fix Required

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, 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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Garland Texas Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

I am writing to follow up on my original request made on 8/10/17

Thank you very much for providing the information we requested. I am writing to ask for some clarification regarding the data on officer-involved shootings you provided us with. What constitutes an officer-involved shooting in your department? For example, some departments do not count misses while others count all discharges; some include shots at animals. Other departments include intentional and accidental shootings; others do not. Some include all discharges and some exclude missed shots. Please explain to us how your department classifies the OIS included in the numbers you sent to us.

Very Respectfully, Alex Cartwright

From: Garland Texas Police Department

Mr. Cartwright,

Attached are two general orders that should answer your questions. If you need additional assistance, please let us know.
Regards,
Garland Police Department
Records Unit
1891 Forest Lane
Garland, TX 75042
972-205-1691
972-485-4837 Fax

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Records Unit,

I am sorry but the documents you sent do not answer my question. The only relevant thing I see is that "the shooting review board will be convened to review all discharge of fire arms".

I am not asking when the review board meets. I am asking how your statistics are counted: regarding the data on officer-involved shootings you provided us with. What constitutes an officer-involved shooting in your department? For example, some departments do not count misses while others count all discharges; some include shots at animals. Other departments include intentional and accidental shootings; others do not. Some include all discharges and some exclude missed shots. Please explain to us how your department classifies the OIS included in the numbers you sent to us.

Very Respectfully, -Alex Cartwright

From: Garland Texas Police Department

Mr. Cartwright,

The information provided to you is the only information we have available regarding to your request.
Regards,

Garland Police Department
Records Unit
1891 Forest Lane
Garland, TX 75042
972-205-1691
972-485-4837 Fax

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Records Unit,

Someone must determine how to count OIS in order to print the report you sent to me. I doubt the numbers are entered randomly. I am simply asking what your definition is for counting. What gets counted as an OIS and what does not? I find it impossible to believe that this is the only available information. Am I to understand that Garland PD does not know how it is counting numbers in its own reports?

Please re-consider my request for clarification.

-Alex

From: Garland Texas Police Department

Alex,

As you have mentioned below, you have been provided the available information responsive to your request. Since receiving the information, you have sent two additional emails telling us that it doesn’t answer your question and wanting further definitions/explanations.

Once again, the information that you have received is all the information that’s available responsive to your request.

We are considering this Open Records Request closed.

If there is other information that you wish to obtain, please submit another Open Records Request.

Sabrina M. Butler
Police Records Manager
(972) 205-1657

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