Greeley, CO PD Citizen Complaints

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: WebRequests

Dear Mr. Cartwright and Ms. Dirmeyer,

To process your request, there is a form that needs to be filled out and signed and there is a fee that will need to be paid. This form is available on our website at http://greeleygov.com/services/pd/records . The fee for these records will be determined by the amount of time that it takes to gather all of the requested information and, at this time, that is unknown. We have two separate databases in which the information requested is located, and given that the requested time period is 10 years and the specific information that has been requested, an extensive search would need to be performed, and again the amount of time it would take to perform that search is unknown. A minimum deposit of $100.00 would be required in order for us to begin this process. It is likely that the total fee would be higher than the initial deposit and would need to be paid prior to the release of the reports. In the event that the fee is lower than the initial deposit, a refund would be given. We would keep you informed of the fees as the request is processed.

Please keep in mind that any information contained in any of the data requested is subject to CCJRA (Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act) and may or may not be disclosed.

Sincerely,

Greeley/Weld Criminal Justice Records
1551 N 17th Avenue Suite #3
Greeley, CO 80634
970-350-9627
FAX 970-304-6505

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello Ms. Greeley,

Thank you for your response. I am open to paying the fee for the necessary research time. Could you please provide a rough estimate of the cost before we proceed? When calculating the estimate, please omit the request for officer involved shootings data.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: WebRequests

Mr. Cartwright,

We cannot assess a rough estimate of the costs without beginning the process as a whole. To begin processing your request, we will need a $100.00 deposit. The request form on our website, http://greeleygov.com/services/pd/records , will also need to be filled out before we begin researching your request. Once we have obtained both the deposit and the request form, we can begin completing your request.

As it was stated below, we believe that this request will likely exceed the initial $100.00 deposit, but in the event that it does not, a refund will be given. We would keep you informed of the fees as your request is being processed.

Sincerely,

Greeley/Weld Criminal Justice Records
1551 N 17th Avenue Suite #3
Greeley, CO 80634
970-350-9627
FAX 970-304-6505

From: MuckRock.com


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $100.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Linda Burnett

Mr. Cartwright,

We received your check and release form on 08/23/17. We work requests in date order (oldest to newest) and I am currently working on 08/23. I did not start the initial correspondence with you, so when I read your letter, I realized that much of the data you want comes from other departments.

We do handle your #3 request about compiling the total number of calls for service; however, we have had two computer systems during the past 10 years, so it will take some time to get those numbers together.

Once I have completed the calls for service, I will pass your request on to our Professional Standards Department. They will notify you once the request is completed.
Thanks,

Linda Burnett/Clerical Assistant
Greeley/Weld Criminal Justice Records
1551 N 17th Ave #3
Greeley, CO 80631
(970)350-9627
(970)304-6505 fax

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you very much for the update. Thank you for accommodating our request. I look forward to receiving the data.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: WebRequests

Alex,

We have forwarded this to our Professional Standards Unit; however, we have not received a response back yet from them. I will forward the information to you as soon as we receive it.
Thanks,

Linda/Records

From: WebRequests

Mr. Cartwright,

Attached is the information you requested. It took a total of six hours to compile, so the cost would be $51. Getting a refund check for the amount you overpaid is a long drawn out process that has to be completed by the city of Greeley Offices. So please reissue a check payable to city of Greeley. I am going to hold your $100 check and when I receive the new check, I will forward it to you.
Thanks,

Linda Burnett/Clerical Assistant
Greeley/Weld Criminal Justice Records
1551 N 17th Ave #3
Greeley, CO 80631
(970)350-9627
(970)304-6505 fax

From: WebRequests

Mr. Cartwright,

I sent this e-mail to you on 09/27/17 with the results you requested. I am holding your $100 check pending receipt of a $51 check from you. Since I haven’t received the corrected check yet, I wanted to make sure you got the original e-mail.

Please send a check payable to city of Greeley—Police Department for $51 at your earliest convenience and I will return the $100 check.
Thanks,
Linda/Records

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