Rento, WA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Rento Police Department of Renton, WA.
Tracking # P001055-082217
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records 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: City of Renton - Public Records

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RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of August 22, 2017, Reference # P001055-082217
Dear Alexander Cartwright & Jennifer Dirmeyer,
The City of Renton Police Department received a public records request from you on August 22, 2017. You requested the following:
"Pursuant to RCW Ch.42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records: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 you department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs in fine instead.Please include 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."
Our procedure is to locate records, review them for exemptions, and then prepare them for your inspection and/or copying. The undersigned will be coordinating with other divisions within the police department in the collection, review and production of responsive records.
We reasonably believe that if any responsive public records exist for this request, they will be available on or before 9/22/2017.  If public records become available in advance of this estimate we will contact you promptly.  Conversely, if the police department encounters a need to extend our estimate, we will contact you promptly with a revised estimated date.
If you have any questions, please contact me at .
Sincerely,
Kevin Milosevich Chief of Police
Jennifer Hermann, CPRO Staff Services Division Supervisor Renton Police Department
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From: City of Renton - Public Records

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From: City of Renton - Public Records

Dear Alexander Cartwright, Thank you for your interest in public records of Renton, WA.  Your request has been received and is being processed.  Your request was received by the Renton Police Department on August 22, 2017 and given the reference number P001055-082217 for tracking purposes.  In summary, the request is for:
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) requires a prompt response to all requests for public record.  Within five business days, the Police Department must: 1. Make the record available for inspection or copying; or 2. Provide an internet address and link on the agency’s website to the specific records requested; or 3. Acknowledge that the request has been received and provide a reasonable estimate of when records will be available; or 4. Deny the request and provide a statutory reason as to why the request is being denied.
The Renton Police Department will attempt to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request. You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you very much for the update. Thank you for accommodating our request. I look forward to receiving the data.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: City of Renton - Public Records

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RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of August 22, 2017, Reference # P001055-082217
Dear Mr. Cartwright,
The City of Renton Police Department received a public records request from you on August 22, 2017. You requested the following:
"Pursuant to RCW Ch.42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby requeswt the following records: 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).
We are still in the process of collecting and possibly exempting or redacting records as required for this portion of the request.
2. What is the total number of complaints police officers made against their peer officers in department annually for the last 10 years? If you department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs in fine instead.Please include type of complaint (i.e. use of force, abuse language, unwarranted search) and the result of complaint (i.e. sustained, exonerated).
We are still in the process of collecting and possibly exempting or redacting records as required for this portion of the request.
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.
We have identified two officer shooting at a subject incidents in the past 10 years: September 2010 and October 2013. The incident in 2010 occurred in our city while the 2013 incident occurred while our officer was assisting another law enforcement agency. Neither officer received discipline as both uses of forcer were determined to be reasonable and in compliance with Federal and State law and department policy.
We continue to search for accidental firearm discharge and shooting incidents involving animals.
4. Which of the above data are published publicly? Please provide a link to any and all publicly available reports containing the data above."
W e submit data to crimereports.com. The date on the website is available for a six-month rolling period. The two incidents referenced in item #3 are not listed on crimereports as they fall outside of the data window.
We estimate the next installment to this request will be available on or before 10/13/2017.  If public records become available in advance of this estimate we will contact you promptly.  Conversely, if the police department encounters a need to extend our estimate, we will contact you promptly with a revised estimated date.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 425-430-7623.
Sincerely,
Kevin Milosevich Chief of Police
Stephanie Cour, CPRO Police Manager Renton Police Department 425-430-7623
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Chief Milosevich,

Thank you very much for this update. I look forward to receiving the data.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: City of Renton - Public Records

Hello,

Unfortunately your email was not recognized and has not been routed accordingly.  Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Description: TO: [rentonwa@mycusthelp.net]September 22, 2017Rento Police DepartmentRenton Police DepartmentKevin Milosevich, Chief of Police1055 South Grady WayRenton, WA 98057This is a follow up to request number P001055-082217:Chief Milosevich,Thank you very much for this update. I look forward to receiving the data. Respectfully, Alex Cartwright---On Sept. 21, 2017:

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Chief Milosevich,

Thank you very much for this update. I look forward to receiving the data.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: City of Renton - Public Records

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RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of August 22, 2017, Reference # P001055-082217
Dear Mr.  Cartwright,
The City of Renton Police Department received a public records request from you on August 22, 2017. You requested the following:
"Pursuant to RCW Ch.42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby requeswt the following records: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 you department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs in fine instead.Please include 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."
Our procedure is to locate records, review them for exemptions, and then prepare them for your inspection or for release. We have identified responsive records for items 1 and 2 from your request. We are working on the redactions now.
For item 3 regarding officer involved shootings involving animals or accidental firearm discharges, we continue to search for responsive records.
The Renton Police Department is and has been in the process of locating, reviewing and processing the records that may be responsive to your request, which includes possible third party notification. Pursuant to RCW 42.56.520, the Renton Police Department requires additional time to process your request.
The Renton Police Department anticipates a response to your request by 5:00pm on October 27, 2017.
If I can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the number below or by responding through the City of Renton's Public Records Center.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 425-430-7623.
Sincerely,
Kevin Milosevich Chief of Police
Stephanie Cour, CPRO Police Manager Renton Police Department 425-430-7623
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From: Rento Police Department

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RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of August 22, 2017, Reference # P001055-082217
Dear Mr. Cartwright:
The Police Department received yourpublic records request on August 22, 2017.

From: Rento Police Department

Hello,

Unfortunately your email was not recognized and has not been routed accordingly.  Please be advised that if you wish to submit a new request or check on the status of an already submitted request, you should visit the Description: TO: "City of Renton - Public Records"[rentonwa@mycusthelp.net]Renton Police DepartmentKevin Milosevich, Chief of Police1055 South Grady WayRenton, WA 98057November 13, 2017This is a follow up to request number P001055-082217:To Whom It May Concern:I'm following up on the following Public Records request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 18, 2017. You had previously indicated that it would be completed on Oct. 27, 2017. I wanted to check on the status of my request, and to see if there was a new estimated completion date. You had assigned it reference number #P001055-082217.Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.Filed via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): 42060-95945447@requests.muckrock.comUpload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/rento-police-department-9602/rento-wa-pd-citizen-complaints-42060/?email=rentonwa%40mycusthelp.net&uuid-login=cf471eac-2d56-4955-acb7-e8518e4ac214#agency-replyIs this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.For mailed responses, please address (see note):MuckRock NewsDEPT MR 42060411A Highland AveSomerville, MA 02144-2516PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.---On Oct. 27, 2017:

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From: Rento Police Department

Dear Mr. Cartwright,
We have received your follow-up email addressed to Chief Milosevich via the City of Renton records portal. The Chief does not get emails via the records portal. The public records request you are inquiring about, P001055-082217, was completed via the portal and closed on October 27, 2017. Below is the response sent to you on October 27 which includes records responsive to your request. I have also attached additional records with redactions and a redaction log to this email. These were also available on the records portal on October 27. If you have any additional questions, please contact me at this email or by telephone at 425-430-7623. The Chief's direct email address is kmilosevich@rentonwa.gov<mailto:kmilosevich@rentonwa.gov> should you wish to contact him as well. Have a good Monday.

Thank you,
Stephanie

RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of August 22, 2017, Reference # P001055-082217

Dear Mr. Cartwright:

The Police Department received your public records request on August 22, 2017. On August 22, 2017 the Police Department responded with a letter anticipating a response by September 22,2017.

Your Request is summarized as follows:

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 you department logs complaints in a database, spreadsheet, or other log, a copy of those logs in fine instead. Please include 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.

* Please note: The first question on each of your numbered requests above appears to be a request for information as opposed to a request for an existing identifiable public record. Under the Public Records Act the City is not required to create records to comply with a request for information - with that said, the City has provided the following installments of existing identifiable records responsive to your request:

Installments Provided:

First Installment

The Police Department provided the First installment of records responsive to your request on September 21, 2017 and anticipated a second response by October 12, 2017.

The first installment addressed items 3 and 4 above including providing the online link to publicly published reports at crimereports.com.

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