Oklahoma City, OK PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Oklahoma City Police Department of Oklahoma City, OK.
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This request should be forwarded to the Office of Media Relations, specifically CAPT. Bo Mathews: Robert.mathews@okc.gov<mailto:Robert.mathews@okc.gov>

Please refrain from sending me any further requests as this is no long my area of responsibility.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Oklahoma Open Records Act, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From:

Thank you for the reminder. We are still working on this project. Thanks for your patience.

Bo

From: Oklahoma City Police Department

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer,

The Oklahoma City Police Department has been able to produce the above attachments to work with you in your request. The year 2014 was the first year “formal complaints” and “citizen complaints were separated. So anything before 2014 can be both formal and or citizen complaints.

“Formal Complaints” are defined as any complaint received on a “formal complaint” form.
“Citizen Complaints” are defined as any citizen complaint received in any other manner, such as by telephone, email, letters an in person verbal complaint, etc.

OCPD defines internal investigations as administrative investigations or reviews generated within the department and are not as a result of a citizen filing a complaint against an employee of the department.

The spread sheets contain a key or a legend explaining what the abbreviations stand for. After you open one of the spreadsheets “case” will be on the top left hand corner. This is the listed case number from Professional Standards. Until another case number is seen all allegations go against one person under the case number. Again the key/legend should help you decipher what the abbreviations stand for.

Please call me if you need any assistance.

Bo Mathews/Captain
Public Information Officer
(405) 316-4703

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