Provo, UT PD Citizen Complaints

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Government Records Access and Management Act, I hereby request the following records:

I am writing to follow up on my original request made on 8/18/17

If clarification is not permitted, please consider this a new FOIA request.

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.

Previously I asked: 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.

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.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer


Dear Mr. Spies,

Please find attached the acknowledgement letter for FOIA request

Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Provo Police Department

Dear Provo Police Department,

I believe that there is some confusion regarding FOIA request OS-2018-01393
as in our tracking system, this not your request. I believe that this all
started as someone in our office accidentally emailed you through the
MuckRock email address but this was a mistake. OS-2018-01393 belongs to a
different requester in Office of the Secretary at the Department of the
Interior. It seems that you may have filed your Government Records Access
and Management Act with another agency/bureau. I do not believe that the
original request came to our office and if it did this is not the correct
office for the records that you are seeking. Please send all future emails
pertaining to your request to the actual office that you submitted your
request to.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us. Sorry for
any confusion.
Cindy Sweeney

Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax