ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Olathe Police Department of Olathe, KS.
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From: Ken Schwencke


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Kansas Open Records Act (K.S.A. 45-215), I hereby request the following records:

Any database or other records of hate crimes or crimes evidencing bias of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or disability reported to or investigated by your agency since Jan. 1, 2010, containing at least the following fields:

the incident number
date of the incident
whether the crime was against individuals or a business / property
number of victims
race or ethnicity of the victims
gender of the victims
the offense classification
the location of the incident
the bias motivation (anti-black, anti-muslim, etc)

I would like the records in a machine-readable, electronic format if possible. If the records are kept in another format, or kept individually, I would still like copies.

This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ken Schwencke

From: Rick Parsons

Mr. Schwencke,

I am the Acting Records Custodian for the Olathe Police Department (OPD). An open records request that you filed with the OPD via fax, dated August 4, 2017, was forwarded to me for review and recommendation.

The information that you are requesting is extensive and it will take some time to provide the requested data. Our system does not easily have the capabilities to provide all the requested information and each report has to be reviewed. I will send you an approximate cost that will be associated to fulfill this request for information.

I, or Records Custodian Karri Barker, will provide you a status update on your request during the week of August 14, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email or at 913-971-7780.

Thank you,

Rick Parsons

Sergeant Rick Parsons
Olathe Police Department
Professional Standards Unit
Desk #913-971-7780
rparsons@olatheks.org
"Serving, protecting and working with our community in a professional manner, to prevent, reduce and solve crime."

From: Karri Barker

Mr. Schwencke,

I am the Records Custodian for the Olathe Police Department. The Open Records Request that you filed with OPD dated August 4, 2017 was forwarded to me for review. I do see that on during my recent absence Sgt. Rick Parsons communicated with you that OPD had received your request for information and would provide you with a status update on your request by the end of business this week.

Your request for statistical analysis has been forwarded to our Crime Analyst to review and determine if we have the capabilities to pull the requested data easily from our current records management system. Your request is still in progress and I will provide you with a status update by Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Please feel free to contact me at 913-971-6517 or via email if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank-you,

Karri Barker

Karri Barker
Olathe Police Department
Records & Property Unit Supervisor
kbarker@olatheks.org<mailto:kbarker@olatheks.org>
913-971-6517 Desk
913-256-9185 Cell
913-971-6927 Fax

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Karri,

Thanks so much! Would it be easier to get some subset of the information? For example, incident number, incident date, bias motivation, and crime classification?

Thanks again,
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Karri Barker

Mr. Schwencke,

Attached, please find the spreadsheet that was prepared by our crime analyst that meets the criteria of the statistical information you requested from OPD via and open records request filed through MuckRock in August, 2017. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you are unable to open the attachment.

Sincerely,

Karri Barker

Karri Barker
Olathe Police Department
Records & Property Unit Supervisor
kbarker@olatheks.org<mailto:kbarker@olatheks.org>
913-971-6517 Desk
913-256-9185 Cell
913-971-6927 Fax

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Karri,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Ken Schwencke

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