Ontario, CA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Ontario Police Department of Ontario, CA.
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17-PR0895

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Ontario Police Department

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Tina Fernandez

Good morning Mr. Cartright and Ms. Dirmeyer,
In response to your Public Records Request received on August 17, 2017, attached are responsive documents regarding the information you have requested. If you have any questions, you may contact Sergeant, Jeff Higbee in the Ontario Police Department at (909) 395-2852.
Sincerely,
Tina Fernandez

Tina Fernandez
Senior Records Specialist
City Clerk / Records Management

From: Tina Fernandez

In response to your email, we responded on September 11, 2017. Please see email below.
Sincerely,
Tina Fernandez

Tina Fernandez
Senior Records Specialist
City Clerk / Records Management
(909) 395-2162

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hi,

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

Sincerely,
Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

I am writing to follow up on my original request made on 8/17/17.

Thank you very much for providing the information we requested. I am writing to ask for some clarification regarding the data on officer-involved shootings you provided us with. What constitutes an officer-involved shooting in your department? For example, some departments do not count misses while others count all discharges; some include shots at animals. Other departments include intentional and accidental shootings; others do not. Some include all discharges and some exclude missed shots. Please explain to us how your department classifies the OIS included in the numbers you sent to us.

Very Respectfully, Alex Cartwright

From: Ontario Police Department

Good morning,
In response to your Public Records Request received on June 5, 2018, the Police Department has responded with the following:

The Police Department classifies an Officer Involved Shooting as the willful and intentional discharge of a firearm at a suspect(s). This includes any discharge, regardless of number of hits or misses.
They do not include an intentional discharge at an animal (dog, horse or other livestock). They do not include accidental or negligent discharges either. If you have any other questions, please contact Detective, Melissa Ramirez in the Police Department at (909) 395-2701.
Sincerely,
Tina Fernandez

Tina Fernandez
Senior Records Specialist
City Clerk / Records Management
(909) 395-2162

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you!

From: Ontario Police Department

I am not sure what you are requesting, as there is no attachment and your email does not specify that you are requesting any information.

Tina Fernandez
Senior Records Specialist
City Clerk / Records Management
(909) 395-2162

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