San Bernardino, CA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the San Bernardino Police Department of San Bernardino, CA.
Due Aug. 31, 2017
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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. 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Steven Graham

Please find attached documents related to your request for records.

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Steven P. Graham
Deputy City Attorney
City of San Bernardino, City Attorney's Office
290 North D St, 3rd Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Office: (909) 384-5355 // Fax: (909) 384-5238
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Mr. Graham,

Thank you very much for the information provided, but there appears to be some confusion. You have provided answers to our inquiries 1, 2 and 3 with total numbers for the previous 10 years. We need to know how many complains were reported "annually" (as specified in the request submitted to you on 9/6/17). For example: 2012 - 10 complaints total, 2013- 14 complaints total etc.,

The data you provided looks very promising but will only be useful to us if provided on an annual basis.

I hope that it will not require too much time to adjust the figures.

Very respectfully,

-Alex Cartwright

From: San Bernardino Police Department

Mr. Cartwright,

In response to your email below:

Year Personnel Complaints # of Personnel complaints involving Excessive Force Internal Complaints
2008 59 20 19
2009 54 26 17
2010 60 29 24
2011 67 30 23
2012 41 19 18

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Steven P. Graham
Deputy City Attorney
City of San Bernardino, City Attorney’s Office
290 North D St, 3rd Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Office: (909) 384-5355 // Fax: (909) 384-5238
www.sbcity.org<http://www.sbcity.org>

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Confidentiality Note: The contents of this e-mail message and its attachments, if any, are intended solely for the addressee(s) hereof and may constitute an attorney-client communication. If you are not the named addressee, or if you believe this message has been addressed to you in error, you are requested not to read, disclose, reproduce, distribute, disseminate or otherwise use this information. Delivery of this message to any person other than the intended recipient(s) is not intended in any way to waive confidentiality. If you have received this transmission in error, please alert the sender by reply e-mail. It is also requested that you immediately delete this message and its attachments, if any. Thank You.

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

I am writing to follow up on my original request made on

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.

Very Respectfully, Alex Cartwright

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