Palm Bay, FL PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Palm Bay Police Department of Palm Bay, FL.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), 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: Michael Smith

To Whom It May Concern:

I have received your request on 10/3/2017. Please see the attached labor fee deposit letter. As explained, I can begin research upon receipt of said deposit.

Thank you,

Sergeant Michael Smith
Palm Bay Police Department
Office of Professional Standards
(321) 952-3458
michael.smith@palmbayflorida.org

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $50.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Palm Bay Police Department

Good morning,

I am in receipt of your request and check for $50.00. I am working on that request but due to the time frame requested, this will take some time. I will send once completed.

Thanks

Sergeant Jeff Spears
Palm Bay Police Department
Office of Professional Standards
321-952-3458 (office)

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you very much for the update. I understand that the request is extensive and may take some time.

Respectfully, -Alex Cartwright

From: Palm Bay Police Department

Good morning.

I have some questions regarding your requested item number 3. Can someone please contact me at 321-733-3061 when they have time. If I do not answer, please leave a call back number. Thank you.

From: Palm Bay Police Department

Good afternoon.

Attached you will find a spread sheet of your requested data. The stats were not recorded until the years listed. In the spread sheet, there are 3 tabs at the bottom with your 3 specific requests. If you have any questions, please let me know.

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