Overland Park, KA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Overland Park Police Department of Overland Park, KS.
Est. Completion Aug. 31, 2017
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Kansas Open Records Act (K.S.A. 45-215), 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Knoll, John

This will acknowledge receipt of your open records request copied below.

I will determine what records the city has that are responsive to your
request and what exceptions, if any, to the open records act apply, and get
back to you with my findings and an estimate of the cost to provide the
records you seek.

This process is expected to take no longer than two weeks. You should hear
back from me no later than August 31, 2017. Please advise if you have any
questions.

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From: PIO, PD <oppdpio@opkansas.org>
Date: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:01 AM
Subject: Fwd: Kansas Open Records Act Request: Overland Park, KA PD Citizen
Complaints
To: John Knoll <john.knoll@opkansas.org>, Brandon Kohake <
brandon.kohake@opkansas.org>

Here is another one.....

Officer John P. Lacy #653
Overland Park Police Department
Public Information Officer
Police Administration

City of Overland Park
12400 Foster Street
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Overland Park, KS 66213
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Date: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 4:01 AM
Subject: RE: Kansas Open Records Act Request: Overland Park, KA PD Citizen
Complaints
To: oppdpio@opkansas.org

August 17, 2017
Overland Park Police Department
Overland Park Police Department
ATTN: Public Information Officer
12400 Foster Street
Overland Park, KS 66213

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 14, 2017. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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On Aug. 14, 2017:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Kansas Open Records Act (K.S.A. 45-215), 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 3 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

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*John J. Knoll*
Assistant City Attorney, Sr
Law Department

City of Overland Park
8500 Santa Fe Dr
Overland Park, KS 66212

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you very much for your prompt response. I look forward to receiving the data.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Knoll, John

I apologize for the delay. The cost estimate took longer than we thought it
would.

I have been advised that the estimate to fulfill this request is 1.5 hours
of a personnel manager's time at a cost of $96.25, and 8 hours of a
detective's time at a cost of $320.00, a total of $416.25. We will begin
fulfilling your request upon payment. You can pay by check or by phone by
calling our city clerk's office at 913-895-6150.

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*John J. Knoll*
Assistant City Attorney, Sr
Law Department

City of Overland Park
8500 Santa Fe Dr
Overland Park, KS 66212

(w1) 913-895-6086 (Mon, Tues)
(w2) 913-327-6941 (Weds - Fri)
(c) 785-231-9595
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hi John,

Thank you for compiling these figures. While we understand that the request is extensive and easily merits some payment to offset the costs your department will incur, $416 is way beyond our budget. In order to reduce the costs I would like to amend my request. Specifically, regarding numbers #1 and #2, please exclude my request for the specific outcome of the internal and external complaints. I am mostly interested in the annual number of internal and external complaints, per year, for the previous ten years.

I hope that this will reduce the time and cost required to complete this request.

Very respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Knoll, John

Sorry for the delay. I was waiting on a revised estimate from our human
resources department. The revised estimate to comply with the request is
1/2 of the previous estimate, a total of $208.12. We will provide the
requested information upon payment of this total.

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*John J. Knoll*
Assistant City Attorney, Sr
Law Department

City of Overland Park
8500 Santa Fe Dr
Overland Park, KS 66212

(w1) 913-895-6086 (Mon, Tues)
(w2) 913-327-6941 (Weds - Fri)
(c) 785-231-9595
john.knoll@opkansas.org | www.opkansas.org

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