ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Pompano Beach Police Department of Pompano Beach, FL.
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From: Ken Schwencke


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:

Any database or other records of hate crimes or crimes evidencing bias of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or disability reported to or investigated by your agency since Jan. 1, 2010, containing at least the following fields:

the incident number
date of the incident
whether the crime was against individuals or a business / property
number of victims
race or ethnicity of the victims
gender of the victims
the offense classification
the location of the incident
the bias motivation (anti-black, anti-muslim, etc)

I would like the records in a machine-readable, electronic format if possible. If the records are kept in another format, or kept individually, I would still like copies.

This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage.

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,

Ken Schwencke

From: Coleman-Wright, Veda

Good afternoon, Mr. Schwencke.
Pompano Beach does not have its own police department. The city's law enforcement services are provided by the Broward Sheriff's Office. Therefore, your public records request was forwarded to me.

Our Records Division was able to query our database for most of the categories you requested. However, the fields listed below are not available under the generated report from our Records Management System. To verify this information, each report on the attached spreadsheet would need to be reviewed.

* Whether the crime was against individuals or a business / property

* Number of victims

* Race or ethnicity of the victims

* Gender of the victims
Veda Coleman-Wright
Director
BSO Public Information Office
2601 West Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
(954) 831-8300
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Please note that Florida has a broad public records law and that all correspondence to me via email may be subject to disclosure.

Begin forwarded message:

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Veda,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Ken Schwencke

From: Media Relations

You're welcome

Veda Coleman-Wright
Director
BSO Public Information Office
2601 West Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
(954) 831-8300
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Please note that Florida has a broad public records law and that all correspondence to me via email may be subject to disclosure.

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