Richmond, CA PD Citizen Complaints

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Felix Tan

PRAs are not requested through PIOs. I’ve forwarded your request to the City Attorney’s Office via the City Clerk. Thank you.

Lieutenant Felix Tan
Chief of Staff
Richmond Police Department
1701 Regatta Blvd
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 621-1204 - office
(510) 672-1147 - cell
Ftan@richmondpd.net<mailto:Ftan@richmondpd.net>
[Facebook]<https://www.facebook.com/richmondpolicecali/>[Twitter]<https://twitter.com/RPDCAOnline>

From: Shannon Moore

Dear Mr. Cartwright and Ms. Dirmeyer,

I write in response to your Public Records Act request below. My apologies for the delayed response. The Richmond Police Department is in the process of pulling data and documents that respond to your requests below. I anticipate that the City will provide non-privileged documents and data by Thursday, September 7.

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you for your patience,

Shannon Moore

Shannon L. Moore
Richmond City Attorney's Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804-1630
BUS: (510) 620-6505
FAX: (510) 620-6518

Confidentiality Notice: The contents of this message, together with any attachments, are intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed and may contain information that is legally privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this message, or any attachment, is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient or otherwise authorized to receive this message, please contact the sender by reply e-mail or phone at (510) 620-6509, and delete all copies of this message, along with any attachments. Thank you.

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: Shannon Moore

Hi Mr. Cartwright,

My apologies for not giving you a status update. I was informed by RPD that compiling the information is taking longer than excepted (and the person who compiles has been swamped with IA investigations). I am also told that due to the nature of this request, it will take additional time to cultivate the information from our software program. Much of the requested material will require the hand review of individual paper files dating back 10 years (2006), much prior to our official use of IAPro system. Additionally, some of the material is not compiled at all, therefore the hand search of computer and paper files are required. I am informed that the requested information will be ready for your review by the end of September.

Thank you for your patience,
Shannon

Shannon L. Moore
Richmond City Attorney's Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804-1630
BUS: (510) 620-6505
FAX: (510) 620-6518

Confidentiality Notice: The contents of this message, together with any attachments, are intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed and may contain information that is legally privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this message, or any attachment, is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient or otherwise authorized to receive this message, please contact the sender by reply e-mail or phone at (510) 620-6509, and delete all copies of this message, along with any attachments. Thank you.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer


Hello,

Thank you very much for the update and detailed explanation. Again, thank you for accommodating our request. I look forward to receiving the data.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Shannon Moore

The end of September was the last update I received from the Police Department that I sent to you on September 11. My apologies for the delay.

Shannon L. Moore
Richmond City Attorney's Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804-1630
BUS: (510) 620-6505
FAX: (510) 620-6518

Confidentiality Notice: The contents of this message, together with any attachments, are intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed and may contain information that is legally privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this message, or any attachment, is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient or otherwise authorized to receive this message, please contact the sender by reply e-mail or phone at (510) 620-6509, and delete all copies of this message, along with any attachments. Thank you.

From: Shannon Moore

Please find responses to your questions below and in the attached PDF. Thank you for your patience.

Shannon L. Moore
Richmond City Attorney's Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804-1630
BUS: (510) 620-6505
FAX: (510) 620-6518

Confidentiality Notice: The contents of this message, together with any attachments, are intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed and may contain information that is legally privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this message, or any attachment, is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient or otherwise authorized to receive this message, please contact the sender by reply e-mail or phone at (510) 620-6509, and delete all copies of this message, along with any attachments. Thank you.

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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.

See attached. Definition: Internal is a complaint generated within the police department by police personnel. External is a complaint generated outside of the police department by a citizen or an outside agency. The findings of the complaints are Sustained, Not Sustained, Unfounded, Exonerated. A category of other is used to document an “Inquiry”, “Incomplete” or remains “Open”.

Years 2011-2016 are maintained in our computer database.

An “Inquiry” complaint which is defined as a complaint where the complaining part is satisfied that appropriate action has been taken.

A “Formal” complaint is when the complaining party requests further investigation or a supervisor determines that further action is warranted.

An “Incomplete” complaint is when the complaining party either refuses to cooperate or becomes unavailable after dilgent follow-up has been conducted. Although, depending on the seriousness of the complaint, it may be further investigated.

In addition, only sustained citizen complaints files not pending litigation or other ongoing legal proceedings are required to be maintained for 5 years and internally generated complaints not pending litigation or other ongoing legal proceedings are required to maintained for at least 2 years.

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.

See above for definitions and see attached form. We do not maintain a database that separates the nature of the complaint.

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.

See form for officer involved shooting (OIS) information concerning the shootings at individuals.

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.

There were no disciplinary actions taken in any of the OIS’s.

4. Which of the above data are published publicly? Please provide a link to any and all publicly available reports containing the data above.

RPD will be participating in an Open Data initiative set to launch at end of this year. That will be open to the public.

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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you for your patience,

Shannon Moore

Shannon L. Moore
Richmond City Attorney's Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804-1630
BUS: (510) 620-6505
FAX: (510) 620-6518

Confidentiality Notice: The contents of this message, together with any attachments, are intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed and may contain information that is legally privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this message, or any attachment, is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient or otherwise authorized to receive this message, please contact the sender by reply e-mail or phone at (510) 620-6509, and delete all copies of this message, along with any attachments. Thank you.

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On Aug. 28, 2017:
PRAs are not requested through PIOs. I’ve forwarded your request to the City Attorney’s Office via the City Clerk. Thank you.

Lieutenant Felix Tan
Chief of Staff
Richmond Police Department
1701 Regatta Blvd
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 621-1204 - office
(510) 672-1147 - cell
Ftan@richmondpd.net<mailto:Ftan@richmondpd.net<mailto:Ftan@richmondpd.net%3cmailto:Ftan@richmondpd.net>>
[Facebook]<https://www.facebook.com/richmondpolicecali/>[Twitter]<https://twitter.com/RPDCAOnline>

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On Aug. 28, 2017:
To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 17, 2017. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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On Aug. 17, 2017:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

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