Police data collection project (Howard County Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Howard County Police Department of Howard County, MD.
Multi Request Police data collection project
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From: Samuel Sinyangwe


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. the total number of use of force incidents, separated by year and by type of force used from 2016-2019 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2016, 3 baton incidents in 2017, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2017, 4 complaints in 2018, 1 complaint sustained in 2019, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year
4. the total number of civilian complaints alleging biased policing or racial profiling that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year

Note that my requests for civilian complaints are specifically for civilian complaints alleging police misconduct, please do not include complaints filed by one officer/the department against another officer.

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,

Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Howard County Police Department

Good morning Mr. Sinyangwe,

In response to your request concerning use of force and complaints for the Howard County Department of Police from 2016-2019. Please be advised that the Howard County Government does have freely available data on the following website: Howard County Crime Statistics<https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police/Annual-report-Crime-stats>.

If this information is insufficient for your research, please let us know and we will make best efforts to provide you with the requested data in a timely manner. Please be advised that due to Covid 19 we are operating on limited staffing, and there may be a delay in compiling all the information that you are requesting. In addition, we will contact you if there are any additional fees associated with the research and compilation of this information. Since your request is governed by the Maryland Public Information act, Section 4-101 et seq. of the General Provisions Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland (the "Act"), pursuant to the act, you may be charged a fee for the search, preparation and reproduction of requested records. By law, the first two hours of labor costs are provided to you at no charge.

Thank you for the opportunity to assist you with this request,

Sean Cain
Howard County Police Department
Records Section
3410 Court House Dr.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-2250

From: Howard County Police Department

Good morning Mr. Sinyangwe,

I wanted to follow-up on this message from in response to your request concerning use of force and complaints for the Howard County Department of Police from 2016-2019.. Please let us know if the noted link provides you with sufficient data applicable to your request, or if you would like us to pursue the additional information as initially requested, noting that there may be a delay due to our limited staffing in response to Covid 19.

When we receive your reply, we will make best efforts to provide you with the requested data in a timely manner, and I will contact you if there are any additional fees associated with the research and compilation of this information.

Once again, thank you for the opportunity to assist you with this request.

Sean Cain
Howard County Police Department
Records Section
3410 Court House Dr.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-2250

From: Howard County Police Department

Good morning Mr. Sinyangwe,

Thank you for the follow-up to our reply sent on 7/10/2020. In response to your follow-up request, please be advised that your request is currently being processed, and once again we must note that there is a delay due to our limited staffing in response to Covid 19.

Once again, thank you for the opportunity to assist you with this request, and we appreciate your patience.
Sean Cain
Howard County Police Department
Records Section
3410 Court House Dr.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-2250

From: Howard County Police Department

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Howard County Police Department

Good morning Mr. Sinyangwe,

In response to your request concerning the use of force and complaints for the Howard County Department of Police from 2016-2019, please see attached letter. Please be advised that a copy of this letter has also been mailed to the address given in your initial request.

Thank you again for the opportunity to assist you with this request.
Sean Cain
Howard County Police Department
Records Section
3410 Court House Dr.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-2250

From: Samuel Sinyangwe


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $10.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Howard County Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Howard County Police Department

Good morning Mr. Sinyangwe,

In response to your follow-up request concerning the use of force and complaints for the Howard County Department of Police from 2016-2019, please be advised that a CD copy of the requested records has been mailed to the address given in your initial request.
Thank you again for the opportunity to assist you with this request.

Sean Cain
Howard County Police Department
Records Section
3410 Court House Dr.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410) 313-2250

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