Kansas City, MO PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Kansas City Police Department of Kansas City, MO.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Missouri Sunshine Law and the Missouri Public Records Law, 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. How many officer-involved-shootings were there per year for the last 10 years in your department? 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: Brown, Jamie S

Your request has been received and will be forwarded to our Media Unit for completion. Someone from that unit should be in contact with you.

Thank you.

Sgt. Jamie Brown #5174
Law Clerk
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
Office of General Counsel
1125 Locust
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
(816) 949-1614<tel:%28816%29%20949-1614>

From: Brown, Jamie S

Please see below. I will forward this email to the Media Unit. Additionally, you may contact them at 816-234-5170 to follow up. Thank you.

Sgt. Jamie Brown #5174
Law Clerk
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
Office of General Counsel
1125 Locust
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
(816) 949-1614<tel:%28816%29%20949-1614>

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you very much for the update. I look forward to hearing from you.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Brown, Jamie S

Mr. Cartwright:

Please see the highlighted portion below. Your follow up should be directed to our Media Unit at 816-234-5170. Thank you.

JB

From: Graves, Stacey

Mr. Cartwright,

Your request is being processed.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you very much for the update.

Respectfully,

Alex Cartwright

From: Graves, Stacey

Mr. Cartwright,

Please see below responses to your numbered requests. Please note, there may be associated fees for the information that is currently being processed.

1. **Processing. I will forward the information as soon as possible.

2. We do not log these complaints. If there were complaints against an officer they would be part of a personnel record that is not subject to public release, (610.021(3)&(13)).

3. Please see attached for years 2006-2008. Please see #5 for online data.

4. **Processing. Discipline is considered a personnel record and is not subject to public release, (610.021(3)&(13)).

5. Please see the attached link to find information on #3 for years 2009-2016 in the Annual Reports. http://kcmo.gov/police/homicide-3/crime-stats/#.WbcXn9VSxaQ

Capt. Stacey Graves
Media Unit
Kansas City MO Police Dept.
816-234-5178

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

I would like to clarify what I mean in #2 by "peer to peer complaints". Some departments call these "internal complaints" do you have annual data on internal complaints for the past 10 years?

Respectfully,
-Alex Cartwright

From: Graves, Stacey

Mr. Cartwright,

The remainder of your information request is attached for #1 and please see below for #4.

#4. Officer involved shootings over a ten year period.
2007 16
2008 14
2009 15
2010 7
2011 16
2012 9
2013 13
2014 10
2015 12
2016 13
2017 6 YTD

Thank you.

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