Huntington Beach, CA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Huntington Beach Police Department of Huntington Beach, CA.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Huntington Beach Police Department

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Martin, Tim

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer,

Below is the information you requested of the Huntington Beach Police Department in a Public Records Act Request. For your reference, our data is purged after 5 years as a general rule but we do have records of calls for service going back longer. Because this data is extremely time consuming to process, the information for question # 3 took a while to collect.

1) We do not have a record that falls within your request. Our citizen complaints are considered part of an employee's confidential file as privilege and confidential per Penal Code sections 832.7 and 832.8.

2) We do not have a record that falls within your request. Our internal complaints are considered part of an employee's confidential file as privilege and confidential per Penal Code sections 832.7 and 832.8.

3) See attached spread sheet
4) 2007 to 2010 no Officer Involved Shootings
2011-1
2012-0
2013-2
2014-0
2015-1
2016-1
2017-3
There was no discipline involved in any of these shootings.
5) Published by Orange County Sheriff's Department
http://orangecountyda.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=22806
http://orangecountyda.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=22821

Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Lieutenant Tim Martin
Huntington Beach Police Department
Professional Standards Bureau
(714) 536-5983

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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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