Long Beach, CA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Long Beach Police Department of Long Beach, CA.
Tracking # 17-CM1000
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Completed

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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.

We have located your citizen complaint commission report (published since 1991) but this report does not contain all citizen complaints. Hence, we are requesting the information below:

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. 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.

4. 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: Records Coordinator

In response to your request for public records submitted on August 10, 2017, tracked as PRA #17-CM1000, the City of Long Beach has determined that responsive records exist and will be disclosed. The City still is working on compiling the appropriate documents and will produce them as promptly as possible within a reasonable timeframe.

Thank you for contacting the City of Long Beach. If you have any questions, please contact the Records Coordinator Office at (562) 570-6711.

Sincerely,

Records Coordinator
Office of the City Manager
333 W. Ocean Blvd. 13th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
P: (562) 570-6711
F: (562) 570-6583

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you very much. I look forward to receiving the data soon.

Respectfully,
-Alex Cartwright

From: Records Coordinator

Hello,

On Wednesday 8/16 we sent you an email informing you that there will be responsive records, and that we are compiling them at this time. Please see the attachment for a copy of that email.

Sincerely,

Records Coordinator
Office of the City Manager
333 W. Ocean Blvd. 13th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
P: (562) 570-6711
F: (562) 570-6583

From: Records Coordinator

Good Afternoon,
The comprehensive search for records related to this request spanned multiple Departments. While searching for records with the Citizen’s Police Complaint Commission (CPCC), we unexpectedly encountered a delay. We expect to have records produced for this request by the end of this week or early next week.

Thank you again for your understanding and patience.

Sincerely,

Records Coordinator
Office of the City Manager
333 W. Ocean Blvd. 13th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
P: (562) 570-6711
F: (562) 570-6583

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you very much for the update. I look forward to receiving the data soon.

Respectfully,
-Alex Cartwright

From: Records Coordinator

Mr. Cartwright and Ms. Dirmeyer:
In response to your request for public records received on August 10, 2017, tracked as PRA #17-CM1000, the City of Long Beach is producing the records attached.

Please note the following:

* You have asked for data for the past 10 years, however, the Long Beach Police Department purges complaint records after 5 years.
* In response to Question #1 & #2:
* The first four digits of the complaint indicate the year the complaint was opened.
* Citizen complaints begin with the letters CIT. Administrative complaints begin with the letter ADM.
* Administrative complaints are generally complaints reported by an officer (regardless of rank) against another officer.
* In a few instances, the file # will not match the year. For example, File #ADM2017-0008 is included in the 2016 statistics. That is because someone on the department was made aware of the complaint in 2016, but the complaint was not assigned a file # until 2017. This often occurs with complaints made toward the end of the year.
* Complaints that do not include a disposition indicate that they are still pending.
* In some cases, you will see numerous allegations under one file #. That could be due to there being numerous allegations of misconduct against one officer or one allegation of misconduct against numerous officers.

In response to Question #4, LBPD does not currently publish complaint data.

PRA #17-CM1000 is now closed.

Sincerely,

Records Coordinator
Office of the City Manager
333 W. Ocean Blvd. 13th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
P: (562) 570-6711
F: (562) 570-6583

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