Grand Rapids, MI PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Grand Rapids Police Department of Grand Rapids, MI.
Tracking # 5767
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are Economics Professors in the College of Business at Ferris State University, and are engaged in an empirical research project on police behavior and citizen complaints. This project requires us to request data from your department. If you have questions about this request or suggestions, we 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 our research, so we would like to emphasize, if you have questions about my request or suggestions, we 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 and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Beatty, Patrick

Professors Cartwright & Dirmeyer:

Please find attached correspondence related to the deadline of your recent FOIA request. We are extending our deadline to respond to September 1, 2017.

Is there a way for me to contact you via telephone? I do require some clarity regarding certain portions of your request. Additionally, depending on the availability and format of the significant, detailed information you seek, the cost to provide this information to you may be considerable. I would prefer to be able to discuss this with one of your directly and then confirm any changes or agreements in writing via email later. This will save a considerable amount of time.

Please forward to me the best telephone number to contact you, or you may contact me directly at (616) 456-3101.

Thank you.

Patrick A. Beatty
Assistant City Attorney
FOIA Coordinator
CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS
300 Monroe N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 456-3101

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hi Patrick,

I just left you a VM. Call me any time at 914-400-5352

Best, -Alex Cartwright

From: FOIA Request

Mr. Cartwright:

I appreciate your response. I apologize that I have not returned your telephone calls. Luckily, I have not needed to. I think our PD has a good grasp on what it is we can provide.

However…..we are running up to our deadline and we could use some more time. Given the holiday we have had people on vacation, etc. Would you be willing to grant us an additional nine business days to complete this response? Our deadline is Friday, September 1st. This would essentially push it back two weeks. It is nine business days and not ten given the Labor Day holiday on Monday. Our new deadline would be Friday, September 15th.

Will you agree to this? Please respond to this email. If two weeks is too long, I may be able to get away with one week, extending our deadline to Friday, September 8th, but the two weeks would be appreciated.

Please advise.

Thank you.

Patrick A. Beatty
Assistant City Attorney
FOIA Coordinator
CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS
300 Monroe N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 456-3101

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Patrick,

Pursuant to your previous email and our phone conversation today, moving the deadline to 9/4/2017 is acceptable to me.

Best, -Alex Cartwright

From: FOIA Request

Alex – We discussed moving the deadline to Friday, 9/8/17, not 9/4/17. The 4th is Labor Day. Please confirm that you will extend our deadline to September 8th.

Thank you!

Patrick A. Beatty
Assistant City Attorney
FOIA Coordinator
CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS
300 Monroe N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 456-3101
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From: Beatty, Patrick

Professors Cartwright & Dirmeyer:

The two electronic files attached to this email make up the total of the City of Grand Rapids' response to your recent FOIA request for records.

Thank you.

Patrick A. Beatty
Assistant City Attorney
FOIA Coordinator
CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS
300 Monroe N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 456-3101

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