Glendale, AZ PD Citizen Complaints

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state open records law, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 39-121 to 39-122 and 39-128, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Police_PIO

Good Afternoon,

We have received your request and will let you know when the information is available.

Sgt. Scott Waite #14091
Public Information Sergeant
Glendale Police Department
6835 N 57 Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85301
623-930-3076
On call: 602-888-3908
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From: Police_PIO

Good Morning,

We are still working with our Professional Standards Unit and Human Resources to get you the information for questions 1 and 2. I have attached a word document that has the information for the other questions.

Sgt. Scott Waite #14091
Public Information Sergeant
Glendale Police Department
6835 N 57 Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85301
623-930-3076
On call: 602-888-3908
swaite@glendaleaz.com<mailto:swaite@glendaleaz.com>
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you for the update. I will await the additional data.

Respectfully ,
Alex Cartwright

From: Police_PIO

I have attached the last information you requested.

The Professional Standards Database only includes the last five years of Incidents and Investigations, in keeping with State Law, the Peace Officer’s Bill of Rights (POBR) and the provisions of our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), everything after five years is purged on a yearly basis. As a result, I cannot quality control any of this information farther back than 2012. I have provided estimations of the citizen complaints from 2008-2011 but I cannot verify the information I am reporting, nor can I supply findings or breakdowns for those years. Additionally, I feel it is important to note that changes in Databases, changes in policy regarding complaints and how they are investigated and dispositioned, in addition to new requirements from MOU and POBR, make for very little ability to draw any comparisons and therefore any meaningful conclusions across this lengthy timespan. I can only report meaningfully for the last five years.

Sgt. Scott Waite #14091
Public Information Sergeant
Glendale Police Department
6835 N 57 Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85301
623-930-3076
On call: 602-888-3908
swaite@glendaleaz.com<mailto:swaite@glendaleaz.com>
Police_pio@glendaleaz.com<mailto:Police_pio@glendaleaz.com>
http://www.glendaleaz.com/police
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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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