Pembroke Pines, FL PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Pembroke Pines Police Department of Pembroke Pines, 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: Abrahamson, Eric

To Whom It May Concern,

I am in receipt of a public records request made to the Pembroke Pines Police Department. Currently I am reviewing records to provide a response in a timely manner in accordance with Florida Public Records Law (F.S.S. 119). An invoice will be sent due to a nominal charge for the fulfillment of the request. Once payment has been received a CD-ROM will be sent certified mail to conclude the fulfillment of the records that have been requested at this time.

Thank you,

Sergeant E. Abrahamson 83/678
Internal Affairs
Pembroke Pines Police Department
9500 Pines Blvd,
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Office (954) 436-3280
Fax (954) 436-3203
eabrahamson@ppines.com

The City of Pembroke Pines is a public entity subject to Chapter 119 of the Florida statutes concerning public records. Email messages are covered under Chapter 119 and are thus subject to public records disclosure. All email messages sent and received are captured by our server and retained as public records.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you for the update. I will make payment and I look forward to hearing from you.

Where can I send payment?

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Abrahamson, Eric

Mr. Cartwright,

An invoice was prepared by the Pembroke Pines Police Department Records Unit and is attached for your public records request.

Thank you,

Sergeant E. Abrahamson 83/678
Internal Affairs
Pembroke Pines Police Department
9500 Pines Blvd,
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Office (954) 436-3280
Fax (954) 436-3203
eabrahamson@ppines.com

From: Abrahamson, Eric

Mr. Cartwright,

I sent the initial response without the proper attachment. It is now included.

Thank you,

Sergeant E. Abrahamson 83/678
Internal Affairs
Pembroke Pines Police Department
9500 Pines Blvd,
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Office (954) 436-3280
Fax (954) 436-3203
eabrahamson@ppines.com

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To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $5.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Pembroke Pines Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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: Pembroke Pines Police Department

Mr. Cartwright,

I am acknowledging receipt of your email and will provide a response after I have time to review your questions and the material(s) I previously provided.

Respectfully,

Sergeant E. Abrahamson 83/678
Internal Affairs
Pembroke Pines Police Department
9500 Pines Blvd,
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Office (954) 436-3280
Fax (954) 436-3203
eabrahamson@ppines.com

From: Pembroke Pines Police Department

Mr. Cartwright,

Consistent with Florida law, the Pembroke Pines Police Department provides records in accordance with Florida State Statute, Chapter 119. I have attached a pdf copy of the Pembroke Pines Police Department General Order 104 which relates to the ‘Use of Force/Weapons’ portion of agency policy. This document is responsive to your request for how the department classifies officer-involved shootings.

Respectfully,

Sergeant E. Abrahamson 83/678
Internal Affairs
Pembroke Pines Police Department
9500 Pines Blvd,
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Office (954) 436-3280
Fax (954) 436-3203
eabrahamson@ppines.com

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