Norwalk, CA PD Citizen Complaints via LAPD

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles County, CA.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Caitlin Russell

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public 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.

We are writing to request data on the Nowalk, CA Police Department. Norwalk has informed us that they contract with the LAPD to maintain its data.

1. What is the total number of citizen complaints (allegations of misconduct) made against Norwalk PD 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 (internal complaints) in the Norwalk police 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 annual number of officers involved in shootings in the Norwalk Police department for the past 10 years? 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,

Caitlin Russell

From: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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 Professional Standards and Training Division Lieutenant Bardon from the Department's Public Data Sharing Website as of January 2, 2018. The information has been released in an attempt to provide public transparency in a timely manner.

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Thank you,
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you for the response. The data provided only seem to be relevant to question 3. Is the data for questions 1,2 and 4 on the way? Also, for question 3, is the office involved shooting data only discharges? Or is this the number of people struck? Does it include animals? Please specify.

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).

Very Respectfully,

-Alex Cartwright

From: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Good Morning Ms. Cartwright,

Per the attached response letter, I'm referring you to Lt. Smeltzer, who will answer your questions below.

Thank you,
Lallie Minguillan
Discovery Unit
(323) 890-5035
(323) 890-5000 (Main)
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From: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Good Morning Ms. Cartwright,

Please review the response letter sent by the Sheriff's Department dated May 3, 2018. The letter addresses your latest questions related to #1 and # 2. Regarding your question about #3, the information provided relates to firearm discharges. As to your question regarding #4, the Sheriff's Department provides public information on our website, http://www.lasd.org/public_data_sharing.html. The Department's website provides information regarding hit versus non-hit, and animal related shootings. Please review the Department's website for further information regarding deputy involved shootings.

Thank you,

Lieutenant Chad Smeltzer
Risk Management Bureau
4900 South Eastern Avenue #102
Commerce CA 90040
323-890-5006

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