Lancaster, CA PD Citizen Complaints via LACSD

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles County, 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 Lancaster, CA Police Department 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 Lancaster, CA 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 Lancaster, CA's 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 the Lancaster, CA 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 Lancaster, CA police 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Orozco, Sabrina D.

We currently have a backlog on PRA requests due to an increase in the number of requests received and an unexpected shortage of personnel. We are working to address the personnel shortage and anticipate making progress in the near future. We are processing the requests in the order received. Your request has been received and you will be notified when we start processing your request. Thank you for your patience.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you very much for the update. Thank you for accommodating our request. I look forward to receiving the data.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Minguillan, Lallie E.

Good morning Mr. Cartwright and Ms. Dirmeyer:

Thank you again for your patience. We are processing your request today. LASD received (2) PRA requests from you. The first was received on 08/22/17 and the second was received on 08/23/17. Please confirm if we can process your 08/23/17 request and discard the 08/22/17 request.

Thank you,
Lallie Minguillan
Discovery Unit
(323) 890-5035
(323) 890-5000 (Main)
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From: Discovery Unit PRA Requests

Good afternoon Mr. Cartwright and Ms. Dirmeyer:

Please see the attached extension letter regarding your request for records pursuant to the California Public Records Act.

Thank you,
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From: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Attached is LASD’s response regarding your request for records pursuant to the California Public Records Act.

*The data and other information provided is preliminary. It is subject to change or revision after further review or analysis. The data was provided by the Data Systems Bureau, RAPS SUPPORT from the RAPS Database as of 10/16/17 and the Professional Standards and Training Division, Sergeant Tenaya Brown as of 01/06/17. The information has been released in an attempt to provide public transparency in a timely manner.

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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

From: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Attached is LASD’s response regarding your request for records pursuant to the California Public Records Act.

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