Police data collection request (Newark Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Newark Police Department of Newark, NJ.
Tracking #

PD-21-0022 CV-19

Multi Request Police data collection request


From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public 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 7 business days, as the statute requires.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Newark Police Department

Good Afternoon Mr. Sinyangwe:

Your request was processed on January 5, 2021, under tracking number PD-21-0022 CV-19.

Please be advised that on March 20, 2020, the State Legislature enacted P.L. 2020, c.10, which amended the OPRA statute relaxing OPRA’s statutory deadlines for the duration of a Governor-declared state of emergency pursuant to the Disaster Control Act (N.J.S.A. App.A.9-33 et seq.), a public health emergency under the Emergency Health Powers Act (N.J.S.A. 26:13-1 et seq.), or when a state of local disaster emergency is declared by a county or by a municipality. On December 21, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 210 extending the initial State of Emergency to January 21, 2021.

Since Governor Murphy’s initial Executive Order, this Office has made “reasonable efforts” to respond to the OPRA requests we have received. However, since Wednesday, March 25, 2020, amid the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and growing numbers of residents who have tested positive for the virus, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced a strict Shelter in Place mandate for the City of Newark. In order to protect not only the citizens of our city but also our public employees, all municipal agencies have vastly reduced operations and personnel.

In order to gather the documents responsive to your requests, the OPRA unit sends your requests to the respective City Departments, which actually created, received, or retained these documents. Since the State of Emergency, crucial City Staff have retired, become sick, and work a staggered schedule, which makes the time needed to gather responsive documents far longer than usual.

As the City received your OPRA request on January 5, 2021, February 5, 2021, is the current deadline by which the response to your request will be due.

The Office of the City Clerk respectfully requests your understanding and forbearance as we navigate this uncharted territory.

From: Newark Police Department

Good Afternoon:

The Office of the Clerk of the City of Newark has received the attached response to your OPRA request from the Police Division. Attached please find a copy of your request and a copy of the police response.