Use of Force/Complaints Data (Santa Maria Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Santa Maria Police Department of Santa Maria, CA.
Tracking #

19-34

Multi Request Use of Force/Complaints Data
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Samuel Sinyangwe


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. The total number of police use of force incidents, broken down by type of force used, between 2013-2017 (separated by year).
2. The total number of people that police used force against, between 2013-2017 (separated by year).
3. The total number of police use of force complaints reported between 2013-2017 (separated by year).
4. The total number of police use of force complaints sustained between 2013-2017 (separated by year).

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,

Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Santa Maria Police Department

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Santa Maria Police Department
PRA Office
1111 West Betteravia Road
Santa Maria, CA 93455

January 30, 2019

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. The total number of police use of force incidents, broken down by type of force used, between 2013-2017 (separated by year).
2. The total number of people that police used force against, between 2013-2017 (separated by year).
3. The total number of police use of force complaints reported between 2013-2017 (separated by year).
4. The total number of police use of force complaints sustained between 2013-2017 (separated by year).

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,

Samuel Sinyangwe

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From: Santa Maria Police Department

City of Santa Maria

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #19-34:

Thank you for your request.  The City of Santa Maria does not track use of force incidents by type of force.  However, the rest of the information you requested is listed below along with a link to the City's website for more information.

The total number of people that police used force against, between 2013-2017 (separated by year).

(Stats posted on website)

2013: 90

2014: 70

2015: 104

Public Interest Statistics 2016-2018

2016: 104

2017: 108

The total number of police use of force complaints reported between 2013-2017 (separated by year).

2013: 4

2014: 3

2015: 2

2016: 3

2017: 2

The total number of police use of force complaints sustained between 2013-2017 (separated by year).

2013: 0

2014: 0

2015: 0

2016: 0

2017: 0

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From: Samuel Sinyangwe

Thanks for sending this. Since you don’t track the number of all uses of force by type of force, can you instead let me know the total number of incidents in which the following devices were used against someone in 2016 and 2017:
-tasers and other electronic control weapons
-batons and other impact weapons (including impact projectiles)
-OC spray and other chemical weapons
-carotid restraints

Thanks,

Sam

From: Santa Maria Police Department

City of Santa Maria

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #19-34:

From the requestor:

Thanks for sending this. Since you don’t track the number of all uses of force by type of force, can you instead let me know the total number of incidents in which the following devices were used against someone in 2016 and 2017:

-tasers and other electronic control weapons

-batons and other impact weapons (including impact projectiles)

-OC spray and other chemical weapons

-carotid restraints

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From: Santa Maria Police Department

City of Santa Maria

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #19-34:

Here are the statistics per your request. The below numbers reflect how many times the type of force was used during the specified date range.

2016

40-tasers and other electronic control weapons

18 -batons and other impact weapons (including impact projectiles)

3 -OC spray and other chemical weapons

1-carotid restraints

2017:

22-tasers and other electronic control weapons

7-batons and other impact weapons (including impact projectiles)

3-OC spray and other chemical weapons

0-carotid restraints

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From: Santa Maria Police Department

City of Santa Maria

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Hi there

Record request #19-34 has been closed. The closure reason supplied was:

The request for records was granted in its entirety and all requested records were released.

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