Lowell MA, PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Lowell Police Department of Lowell, MA.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, 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. 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.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Cook, Jacqueline

Good Morning Professors Cartwright and Dirmeyer,

I am in receipt of your request for information of citizens’ complaints filed into the Lowell Police Department. I will be passing this request onto our Professional Standards division who handles all complaints. Due to summer vacations, I will be requesting an extension of time. Normally we have 10 business days to return your request to you but due to the volume of work you are requesting and summer vacations it won’t be 10 days. I expect to have your request filled by September 12, 2017 in accordance with M.G.L. c.66 Section 10(b) (vi)
I don’t have a fee estimate at this time because I am unaware of how much time this will take to compile and how many documents will be involved. I will ask Professional Standards to provide an estimate that I can pass onto you.

Please be advised that you have the right to appeal this response. You may petition the Supervisor of Records at the following address:
SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH
DIVISION OF PUBLIC RECORDS
1 ASHBURTON PLACE, RM. 1719
BOSTON, MA 02108

In addition, please be advised that you have the right to seek judicial review of an unfavorable decision by commencing a civil action in the Superior Court under subsection © of section 10A

Thank you for your request and have a nice day.
Sincerely,

Jackie Cook
Keeper of Records
978-674-4508

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Ms. Cook,

Thank you very much for the prompt response. I understand that the data may require some time to compile. I look forward to receiving the end result and ask that you keep me updated.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Pappenheim, Hannah

Good Afternoon Professors Cartwright and Dirmeyer,

Attached please find the City's response to your public records request.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Hannah

Hannah Pappenheim | Assistant City Solicitor
City of Lowell - Law Department
City Hall, 375 Merrimack Street, 3rd Floor | Lowell, MA 01852-5909
Tel: 978.674.4050 | Fax: 978.453.1510 | http://www.lowellma.gov<http://www.lowellma.gov/>
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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

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