San Mateo, CA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the San Mateo Police Department of San Mateo, 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. 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

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Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of San Mateo.  Your request was received by the City of San Mateo on 8/17/2017 and given the reference number W000851-082517 for tracking purposes.

From: Marie Silva

Good morning. Your request was entered into our online PRA portal called GovQA last week to keep track and send responses. An email was sent to the above email address attention Alexander Cartwright. Subject was Public Records Request ::W000851-082517

Please confirm if you did or did not receive the confirmation.
Regards,

Marie Silva
Records and Communications Manager

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RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of August 17, 2017, Reference # W000851-082517

Dear Mr./Ms. Cartwright,

The City received the following records request from you on August 17, 2017.
From: requests@muckrock.com [mailto:requests@muckrock.com] Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:05 PMTo: police Subject: California Public Records Act Request: San Mateo, CA PD Citizen ComplaintsAugust 17, 2017San Mateo Police Department200 Franklin Parkway San Mateo, CA 94403To 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------Filed via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

Pursuant to Government Code Section 6253(c), the City requires a 14 day extension due to th need to locate any data related to your request.

Accordingly, the City will formally respond to your request no later than September 5, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact me.  Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

Marie Silva
Police Records and Communications Manager
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From: San Mateo Public Records Center

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RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of August 17, 2017, Reference # W000851-082517

Dear Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

The City received the following records request from you on August 17, 2017.
From: requests@muckrock.com [mailto:requests@muckrock.com] Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:05 PMTo: police Subject: California Public Records Act Request: San Mateo, CA PD Citizen ComplaintsAugust 17, 2017San Mateo Police Department200 Franklin Parkway San Mateo, CA 94403To 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------Filed via MuckRock.comE-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

Pursuant to Government Code Section 6253(c), the City requires an extension due to:
The need to search for and collect the requested records from others that are separate from the office processing the request.The need to compile data, to write programming language or a computer program, or to construct a computer report to extract data.

Accordingly, the City will formally respond to your request no later than September 18, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact me.  Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,

Marie Silva
Police Records and Communications Manager
To monitor the progress or update this request please log into the
San Mateo Records Center. (https://SANMATEOCA.mycusthelp.com/WEBAPP/_rs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=851&coid=)

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: San Mateo Public Records Center

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: [sanmateoca@mycusthelp.net]September 9, 2017San Mateo Police Department200 Franklin Parkway San Mateo, CA 94403This is a follow up to request number W000851-082517:Hello, Thank you very much for the update. Thank you for accommodating our request. I look forward to receiving the data. Respectfully, Alex Cartwright---On Sept. 4, 2017:

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