Paternson, NJ PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Paterson Police Department of Paterson, NJ.
Tracking # OPRA 1232
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Completed

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Open Public Records Act ("OPRA"), 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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: David DArco

To Whom it May Concern,

Please be advised that OPRA requests should be sent to the Custodian of Records, not to members of the PD. However, I forwarded your request to the Clerk's Office and it was assigned OPRA # CA17-1232. If you have any questions on its status, questions should be directed to the Clerk's Office at (973)321-1500.

Respectfully,
Det. David R. D'Arco #4418
Detective David R. D'Arco #4418
Office of the Chief of Police
111 Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07505
Office: (973) 321-1152
Fax: (973) 321-1155
ddarco@patersonpd.com<mailto:ddarco@patersonpd.com>

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From: Twydaisha Hilbert

Good Morning:

The City of Paterson requires an additional seven (7) business days from the date hereof to satisfied the attached OPRA request.

Thank you.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you for the update. I look forward to your response.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Jacqueline Murray

Good Afternoon:

The City of Paterson requires an additional seven (7) business days from the date hereof to satisfy the attached OPRA request.

Thank you.

Jacqueline Murray
Office of the City Clerk

Scan Date: 08.16.2017 10:01:22 (-0400)
Queries to: Clerk_Copier@patersonnj.gov<mailto:Clerk_Copier@patersonnj.gov>

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you for the response. I look forward to receiving the data.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Jacqueline Murray

Please see the attached.

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