Newark, NJ PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Newark Police Department of Newark, NJ.
Tracking # PD-17-0490
Due Aug. 23, 2017
Est. Completion Dec. 29, 2017
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), 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. What is the annual number of officers involved in shootings in your 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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Golinski, Ana

Good morning,

Please be advised that OPRA requests are accepted via fax or postal mail – at times these requests get redirected to a junk folder or spam and will not be detected. To ensure delivery please fax to 973-733-4893.

By way of this email I am forwarding you request to the Police Department Legal Advocate unit to assess if any clarification is needed. Upon receipt of their response, you will be informed accordingly. An assessment from Police on your request should be received by Monday August 21, 2017.

Respectfully,

CITY
OF

NEWARK

Ana Golinski, Manager, OPRA Division
Office of the City Clerk
920 Broad Street · Room 415A Newark, NJ 07102
Office: 973-424-4116
Fax: 973-733-4893
Golinskia@ci.newark.nj.us<mailto:Golinskia@ci.newark.nj.us>

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From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), 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. What is the annual number of officers involved in shootings in your 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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Newark Police Department

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Lara, Soraida

I am re-sending this E-mail in case the previous one was not received by you. Please confirms upon received.
Best regards,
Soraida Lara from the Office of the City Clerk OPRA Unit.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you for the response. I look forward to receiving the data.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Newark Police Department

Good afternoon Mr. Cartwright/Dirmeyer:

Attached the extension letter concerning your request.
Regards,
Soraida Lara (OPRA, Unit) At 973-424-4117

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