Police data collection project (Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Police Department of Missoula, MT.
Multi Request Police data collection project
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From: Samuel Sinyangwe


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Montana Freedom of Information 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 2016-2019 (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 2016-2019, 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 2016-2019, separated by year

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.

Sincerely,

Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Police Department

Thank you for your recent request for information regarding the use of force incidents from the Missoula Police Department (pasted below). We will be processing your request in the order it was received. Our department has several requests we are currently working on and we do not anticipate being able to provide the information in your request ten (10) days.

Due to circumstances beyond our control (COVID 19 staffing, number of requests received), we are almost two weeks out from being able to respond to your request. I would anticipate being able to fulfill your request by August 11th or 12th.

The information we are providing to you will be in a PDF format with separate files for each year and each topic (complaints and use of force). As also requested in your e-mail, the fees for preparing the report will be $55.00. This fee will need to be paid in advance before we process your request. If you'd like to pay with a debit/credit card over the phone, please let me know and I will make arrangements for you to do so. Otherwise, if you send a check/money order to:
Missoula Police Department
Attn: Laurie Clark/Information Requests
435 Ryman Street
Missoula, Montana 59802

Please feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns. Thank you.

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Montana Freedom of Information 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 2016-2019 (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 2016-2019, 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 2016-2019, separated by year

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.

Laurie Clark
Administrative Services Manager
Missoula Police Department

From: Samuel Sinyangwe


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $55.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Police Department

I have not received a response to this e-mail sent July 30th. At this time, I am putting the request on hold until a response is received. Thank you.

Laurie Clark
Administrative Services Manager
Missoula Police Department
406.552.6320 - desk phone

From: Police Department

We are in receipt of your check for $55 for payment for the attached reports. We now consider this request for information to be completed. Thank you.

Laurie Clark
Administrative Services Manager
Missoula Police Department
406.552.6320 - desk phone

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