Lakewood, CO PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Lakewood Police Department of Lakewood, 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. We have your annual reports, but they do not divide complaints against officer conduct by internal and external (see number 2) could you please provide all years available of the reports?

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: Steve Davis

Alexander & Jennifer,

I received your letter dated August 14, and your request for data regarding officer complaints, shootings, calls for service, disciplinary actions, dispositions, reports etc. to cover the last ten years.

Since a single document containing the information you have requested does not exist, we will have to research many documents from several years to get the information you have requested. We will attempt to go back the requested ten years but it may not be possible on all categories. I asked one of our commanders in Internal Affairs to give me an estimate of the time needed to put this together. He and a sergeant estimated it would take approximately 6hrs of research and creation.

Our customary charge for this type of work is $25 per hour which is far below the hourly wage of the sergeant who will be tasked with filling your request. The total fee would be $150 and we ask that the funds be received prior to any work commencing. A check in that amount made to "The City of Lakewood" would suffice.

The release of criminal justice records is governed by the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, C.R.S. §§ 24-72-301, et seq. Pursuant to this state law, the Lakewood Police Department is not obligated to extract data from databases to create records that do not already exist.

Thank you.

Steve L. Davis
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF
DIRECTOR - REGION 8 NAT'L INFORMATION OFFICERS ASSOC.
PRESIDENT - EMERGENCY SERVICES PUBLIC INFO OFFICERS of COLORADO

From: Steve Davis

Alexander & Jennifer,

I received your reminder/second request in the mail today. I did not received your first one until the afternoon of Friday the 18th. I responded to you yesterday afternoon which was within the 3 business day time line.

Steve L. Davis
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF
DIRECTOR, REGION 8 NAT'L INFORMATION OFFICERS ASSOC.

STEDAV@LAKEWOODCO.ORG<mailto:STEDAV@LAKEWOODCO.ORG>
LAKEWOOD.ORG<http://www.lakewood.org/>
303.987.7196
445 S. ALLISON PARKWAY
LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 80226

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To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $150.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Steve Davis

We received your check and are working to compile the information.

Steve L. Davis
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF
DIRECTOR, REGION 8 NAT’L INFORMATION OFFICERS ASSOC.

STEDAV@LAKEWOODCO.ORG<mailto:STEDAV@LAKEWOODCO.ORG>
LAKEWOOD.ORG<http://www.lakewood.org/>
303.987.7196
445 S. ALLISON PARKWAY
LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 80226

Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/LakewoodPDCO/> | Twitter<https://twitter.com/LakewoodPDCO> | YouTube<https://www.youtube.com/user/kltv8>
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From: Steve Davis

Please see the attached cover letter and data you have requested.

Steve L. Davis
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF
DIRECTOR, REGION 8 NAT’L INFORMATION OFFICERS ASSOC.

STEDAV@LAKEWOODCO.ORG<mailto:STEDAV@LAKEWOODCO.ORG>
LAKEWOOD.ORG<http://www.lakewood.org/>
303.987.7196
445 S. ALLISON PARKWAY
LAKEWOOD, COLORADO 80226

Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/LakewoodPDCO/> | Twitter<https://twitter.com/LakewoodPDCO> | YouTube<https://www.youtube.com/user/kltv8>
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