Use of force database

Andrew Quemere filed this request with the Massachusetts State Police of Massachusetts.


From: Andrew Quemere

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

* The city's electronic index/list of use of force incidents, including trooper names, incident dates, the type of force used, and any other public information in the database.

* Any documentation needed to understand the data, including any codes or abbreviations. The documentation is often called a data dictionary or record layout.

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, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

If possible, please provide the data in standard machine-readable format, such as an ASCII delimited text file or Excel, rather than PDF.

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.

Andrew Quemere

From: Farrell, Sean (POL)

Dear Mr. Quemere - in response to your January 17, 2017 request, attached please find the Department of State Police's electronic listing of all State Police use of force incident from 2012 - 2016 including trooper name, incident date and type of force used. Please note that those cases with corresponding blank entries indicate that the case remains under review.


Sean W. Farrell, Esq.
Deputy Chief Legal Counsel
Massachusetts State Police
General Headquarters
470 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
Tel: (508) 820-2153
Fax: (508) 820-2649