Lewisville, TX Police Department - Officer Information Request

Thomas D. Collinsworth filed this request with the Lewisville Police Department of Lewisville, TX.
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P042622-020121

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From: Thomas D. Collinsworth

To Whom It May Concern:

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

On Friday, January 22, 2021 at roughly 8:45 AM, a Lewisville Police Department sedan drove northbound on I-35E right before taking exit 453 toward Valley Ridge Boulevard. The vehicle's number was 7311. I would like the following information on the police officer driving that vehicle:

1.) The officer's name, badge number, and rank
2.) The officer's employment history with all private information redacted and work history at private businesses redacted
3.) If his or her vehicle or body camera was recording, at least 30 minutes of continuous footage with audio from each camera recording when the officer took the 453 exit at around 8:45 AM with 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after

I would also like the same information on any officer or public employee accompanying him or her in the vehicle at that time.

Please redact any private information such as home addresses and personal phone numbers. Also, please redact any information that might reveal the identity of any police officers that are considered undercover.

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. For files that are too large to be sent by e-mail (e.g. video files), please use an online file sharing service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or your own and provide a link or upload the files directly using the link provided by MuckRock. If all these options do not work, only then I would desire a CD-ROM sent by mail. However, please notify me of it being sent and send all other files through email.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Thomas D. Collinsworth

From: Lewisville Police Department

Request received January 23, 2021

We received your request for the following information:

*On Friday, January 22, 2021 at roughly 8:45 AM, a Lewisville Police
Department sedan drove northbound on I-35E right before taking exit 453
toward Valley Ridge Boulevard. The vehicle's number was 7311. I would like
the following information on the police officer driving that vehicle:*

*1.) The officer's name, badge number, and rank*

*2.) The officer's employment history with all private information redacted
and work history at private businesses redacted*

*3.) If his or her vehicle or body camera was recording, at least 30
minutes of continuous footage with audio from each camera recording when
the officer took the 453 exit at around 8:45 AM with 15 minutes before and
15 minutes after*

*I would also like the same information on any officer or public employee
accompanying him or her in the vehicle at that time.*

*RESPONSES:*

1. Name: Officer Wyatt Sparkman

Badge #: 906

Rank: Patrol Officer

2. Hire date: 5/15/2019

3. No video found for this vehicle during the time frame or location
specified

4. Officer Sparkman was the only one in the vehicle

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From: Thomas D. Collinsworth

Thank you for information. I have a few follow-up questions:

1.) Are your police dashboard cameras normally recording while the vehicle is in operation or do they only start after a specific event (e.g. turning on their police siren or emergency vehicle lights)?

2.) Is there more than one camera in each police vehicle? If so, how many? Where are they facing?

3.) Based off the information I was given in the past, Steven Schaffer (#574) is shown as the driver for the police vehicle with the number 7311 on it. Is Wyatt Sparkman now assigned to that vehicle or was he just driving it that day?

I'm starting to suspect that the vehicle list given to me in a different request has incorrect information under the "Street Crime Unit" section and for 7310, 7311, and 7312 (page 4). The file is attached. Would you let me know if this is the case?

Thank you,

Thomas

  • Vehicle20Information20-20Lewisville20-20202020-20P040043_-_PD_Vehicle_LIST.pdf

From: Lewisville Police Department

This is in response to your follow-up questions:

1.) Are your police dashboard cameras normally recording while the vehicle
is in operation or do they only start after a specific event (e.g. turning
on their police siren or emergency vehicle lights)?

*Dashboard cameras continuously record, however, video is only saved if
triggered by a specific event [such as lights, speed, crash]. Once
triggered, the video recording starts approximately 30 second prior to the
trigger event.*

2.) Is there more than one camera in each police vehicle? If so, how many?
Where are they facing?

*Most units have two cameras - one front facing and one facing the back
seat.*

3.) Based off the information I was given in the past, Steven Schaffer
(#574) is shown as the driver for the police vehicle with the number 7311
on it. Is Wyatt Sparkman now assigned to that vehicle or was he just
driving it that day?

*Unit 7311 is assigned to Officer Schaffer; however, Officer Sparkman drove
that unit during his shift on that day as it was not being used by Officer
Schaffer [Schaffer and Sparkman work different shifts]. *

I'm starting to suspect that the vehicle list given to me in a different
request has incorrect information under the "Street Crime Unit" section and
for 7310, 7311, and 7312 (page 4). The file is attached. Would you let me
know if this is the case?

*Units 7310, 7311, and 7312 are assigned to the Warrant Officers. Generally
units assigned to a specific officer may be used by another officer if
the unit is available and not being used by the assigned officer.
[example: officers working different shifts]. *

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From: Thomas D. Collinsworth

Could you provide a log showing that Officer Sparkman was in that vehicle at that time and date?

From: Lewisville Police Department

See attached log.

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From: Thomas D. Collinsworth

Thank you!

I'm very curious, what does Span, FTO, and DRONE mean?

Also, how long do you keep these logs for?

From: Thomas D. Collinsworth

And what does it mean by third watch?

From: Lewisville Police Department

In response to your latest questions –
what does Span, FTO, and DRONE mean?
SPAN = Spanish speaking officer
FTO = Field Training Officer
DRONE = officer drone certified [does not mean drone was used, only that the officer is certified]
Also, how long do you keep these logs for?

Retention is 1 year
And what does it mean by third watch?
THIRD WATCH = weekend day shift [Fri, Sat, Sun and rotating Thur]
Generally shift hours are 6 AM – 6 PM or 7 AM – 7 PM, but may vary
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