Police data collection request (Madison Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Madison Police Department of Madison, WI.
Multi Request Police data collection request


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Wisconsin Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. the total number of use of force incidents, separated by year and by type of force used from 2016-2020 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2016, 3 baton incidents in 2017, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2017, 4 complaints in 2018, 1 complaint sustained in 2019, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2020, separated by year
4. the total number of civilian complaints alleging biased policing or racial profiling that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2020, separated by year
5. the total number of civilian complaints alleging criminal conduct that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2020, separated by year

Note that my requests for civilian complaints are specifically for civilian complaints alleging police misconduct, please do not include complaints filed by one officer/the department against another officer.

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 business days.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Madison Police Department

Your email request has been received and placed in our processing queue. Due to the volume of requests, the estimated processing time is as follows:

. Standard records request (reports/video/photos)- approximately 6-8 weeks

* Contacts, calls for service or background checks- 2 weeks.

You will be contacted when your request has been completed.

If you are requesting a crash report, these are maintained at the Department of Transportation. They can be contacted directly at https://app.wi.gov/crashreports or by calling (608) 266-8753 (and selecting option 3). For processing this request, you will need the DOT document number located in the upper right corner of the Driver Exchange of Information Form. This document number will begin with 9B or 01L. Crash reports are available from DOT approximately 2 weeks after the date of the crash.

If you need any further information, please visit our website at www.cityofmadison.com/police/services<http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/services> or call (608) 266-4075 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Thank you for contacting Madison Police Records.

From: Madison Police Department


Any data that MPD has for use of force and PSIA complaints that has been compiled in a format that is with totals, as you have requested, is publically available and therefore a public records request is not necessary and is not valid. This is reply to your request and this request is closed with this reply. The public records law states I need not create a record in response to a request. The law also states where the records are publically available the request is not needed/valid.

MPD Use of force Data as long as it has been collected is here:
Bottom right of page, archives below it.

PSIA summary documents:
This is as long as these compiled totals records exist. You might find some more older citizen complaint information in older Annual Reports which are here:


Julie A. Laundrie
Madison Police Department
Public Records Custodian
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