Santa Ana, CA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Santa Ana Police Department of Santa Ana, 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

From: Alcala, Abigail

= RECEIPT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT =

We are in receipt of your Public Records Request. Your request will be processed in compliance with the Public Records Act (California Gov. Code §6250 et seq.).

The Clerk’s Office will forward to appropriate department for processing and will contact you within 10 calendar days from the date the request is received.

Clerk of the Council Office,
City of Santa Ana

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you for the update. I look forward to hearing from you.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Gonzalez, Jose

Mr. Cartwright, Ms. Dirmeyer,

Please see the attached extension request. The city intends to respond but the information you seek is not readily available so I need a few more days so mine the information. Feel free to call me if you have questions. Also, please respond so I know you received the extension. I will also send the attached letter via USPS.

Respectfully,

Commander Jose Gonzalez
Santa Ana Police Department
Executive Officer
Professional Standards
714-245-8014 - Office
714-231-5330 - Cell
Jgonzalez2@santa-ana.org

From: Gonzalez, Jose

Mr. Cartwright, Ms. Dirmeyer,

Please see the attached extension request. The city intends to respond but the information you seek is not readily available so I need a few more days so mine the information. Feel free to call me if you have questions. Also, please respond so I know you received the extension. I will also send the attached letter via USPS.

Respectfully,

Commander Jose Gonzalez
Santa Ana Police Department
Executive Officer
Professional Standards
714-245-8014 - Office
714-231-5330 - Cell
Jgonzalez2@santa-ana.org

From: Santa Ana Police Department

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Gonzalez, Jose

Mr. Cartwright, Ms. Dirmeyer,

Please review the attached letter with corresponding attachments. Please response to advise you received the items. I will also follow up by sending the same information via USPS.

R/S,

Commander Jose Gonzalez
Santa Ana Police Department
Executive Officer
Professional Standards
714-245-8014 - Office
714-231-5330 - Cell
Jgonzalez2@santa-ana.org

From: Gonzalez, Jose

Mr. Cartwright, Ms. Dirmeyer,

Please review the attached letter with corresponding attachments. Please response to advise you received the items. I will also follow up by sending the same information via USPS.

R/S,

Commander Jose Gonzalez
Santa Ana Police Department
Executive Officer
Professional Standards
714-245-8014 - Office
714-231-5330 - Cell
Jgonzalez2@santa-ana.org

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Santa Ana Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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