Salem, OR PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Salem Police Department of Salem, OR.
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31598

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law, I hereby request the following documents:

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. 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.
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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Salem Police Department

You state your original request was submitted in February 15, 2018. We have no record of that original request. After research it appears you submitted multiple “follow up” requests to various email addresses on November 26, December 8, and December 11 2018. Several of those requests went to Mark Buchholz, who is the director of the Willamette Valley Communication (911) Center and not responsible for public records requests. This request and several others had been submitted to Mr. Buchholz’ email were either not received or blocked the City’s spam filter. To prevent this from happening in the future, please do not send requests via email, rather submit any future requests either via mail to:

Public Records Request
Salem Police Department
555 Liberty Street SE (Room 130)
Salem, OR 97301-3513

Or fax your requests to (503) 588-6329.

By utilizing mail or fax your future requests will be logged by records staff and handled on a first in, first out manner with all other public records requests.

I have attached an acknowledgement of receipt of your request. At this time, some research is required to determine if we are custodian of the records you are seeking and if a fee will be required. We will provide an update to address both issues no later than December 30, 2018.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Hayden
Records Operations Manager
Salem Police Department
(503) 588-6110
[City Of Salem]

From: Salem Police Department

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello-

I am writing to follow up on your email from 1/13/19. Is this request still being processed??

Respectfully,
-Alex Cartwright

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