Pittsburg, PA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police of Pittsburgh, PA.
Due Aug. 22, 2017
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Response

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, 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. How many officer-involved-shootings were there per year for the last 10 years in your department? 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: Liss, Celia

If you have a Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law request for records, please click on the following link and send me your completed form. I will begin to process your request as soon as I get your completed form.

http://pittsburghpa.gov/information/policies
City of Pittsburgh Information | Policies<http://pittsburghpa.gov/information/policies>
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Right to Know Policy. On January 1, 2009, a new Right to Know Law (the "RTKL") took effect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Under this statute, public records of ...

Thank you.

Celia Liss
Open Records Officer

Celia Behrend Liss

Assistant City Solicitor

City of Pittsburgh Law Department

Open Records Officer

City of Pittsburgh

414 Grant Street

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

412-255-2023 (telephone)

412-255-2285 (fax)

celia.liss@pittsburghpa.gov

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

The link you sent does not seem to be working. Can you please re-send?

From: Openrecords

If you have a Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law request for records, please click on the following link and send me your completed form. I will begin to process your request as soon as I get your completed form.

http://pittsburghpa.gov/information/policies

Thank you.

Celia Liss
Open Records Officer

Celia Behrend Liss

Assistant City Solicitor

City of Pittsburgh Law Department

Open Records Officer

City of Pittsburgh

414 Grant Street

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

412-255-2023 (telephone)

412-255-2285 (fax)

celia.liss@pittsburghpa.gov

From: Openrecords

Thank you for pointing out that our link was not not working. It should work now.

If you have a Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law request for records, please click on the following link and send me your completed form. I will begin to process your request as soon as I get your completed form. The City reserves the right to deny access to records if the form found below is absent from the request.

http://pittsburghpa.gov/law/right-to-know.html

I am also attaching our form, but I urge you to read our Right to Know Law policy.
<http://pittsburghpa.gov/law/right-to-know.html>

Thank you.

Celia Liss
Open Records Officer

Celia Behrend Liss

Assistant City Solicitor

City of Pittsburgh Law Department

Open Records Officer

City of Pittsburgh

414 Grant Street

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

412-255-2023 (telephone)

412-255-2285 (fax)

celia.liss@pittsburghpa.gov

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Attached, please find the requested documents.

Respectfully,
-Alex Cartwright

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