Peoria, IL PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Peoria Police Department of Peoria, IL.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 to 11), 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Martha Hammer

We received your request for information.

It is logged for tracking purposes. We will respond as soon as it is completed.

Please contact me if you have questions.

Martha Hammer

Martha J. Hammer
Records Administrator
Peoria Police Department
600 S.W. Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 494-8346

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: Martha Hammer

Mr. Cartwright:

We received your request for information.

It is logged for tracking purposes. We are working on gathering the data.

We will respond as soon as it is completed.

Please contact me if you have questions.

Martha Hammer

Martha J. Hammer
Records Administrator
Peoria Police Department
600 S.W. Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 494-8346

From: Martha Hammer

I am working with Police Administration.

I will get with them to determine how much longer they need to gather the data.

Martha

Martha J. Hammer
Records Administrator
Peoria Police Department
600 S.W. Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 494-8346

From: Martha Hammer

We have gathered the data and are transferring it to a digital format. We should have it completed and available by Friday October 6, 2017.

Please contact me if you have questions.

Martha Hammer

Martha J. Hammer
Records Administrator
Peoria Police Department
600 S.W. Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 494-8346

From: Martha Hammer

Mr. Cartwright:

This is in response to your request for records involving citizen complaints.

I apologize for the delay. Our department did not have the records in a format that would allow a timely response to your request. We conducted a manual search through the records to provide the information.

The letter of response and records associated with your request are attached.

Please contact me if you have questions.

Martha Hammer

Martha J. Hammer
Records Administrator
Peoria Police Department
600 S.W. Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 494-8346

From: Martha Hammer

Mr. Cartwright; Ms. Dirmeyer:

I attached several records pursuant to your request.

The first attachment is a statistical response to your request. Please note there is one change. We reviewed our files and did identify one case in response to question 2, complaints made against their peer officers.

Table 1 is a duplicate of the information sent last week.

Table 2 is in response to question 3, a breakdown of the officer involved shootings. There is one incident involving an officer involved shooting in 2017. This incident occurred after we received your request. We included it in the interest of transparency and accuracy of the records.

Please contact me if you have questions.

Martha Hammer

Martha J. Hammer
Records Administrator
Peoria Police Department
600 S.W. Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 494-8346

From: Peoria Police Department

Mr. Cartwright; Ms. Dirmeyer:

As I mentioned earlier, we did not have a database that contained the records you requested. We did a manual search through our complaints to develop the database to comply with your request.

The response I provided last week involved those cases handled by our professional standards unit as official investigations.

After I sent the records we recognized we had some citizen complaints that were not forwarded to professional standards, but were handled at a lower level. We classify those complaints as “administrative inquiries.”

We are revising our data to include Administrative Inquiries, and will forward that data as soon as it is available.

Please contact me if you have questions.

Martha Hammer

Martha J. Hammer
Records Administrator
Peoria Police Department
600 S.W. Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 494-8346

From: Peoria Police Department

Mr. Cartwright; Ms. Dirmeyer:

We reviewed our Professional Standards records to ensure we have counted all of them correctly.

I attached a file containing the information you requested.

I appreciate your patience with this request.

Please contact me if you have questions.

Martha Hammer

Martha J. Hammer
Records Administrator
Peoria Police Department
600 S.W. Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 494-8346

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