Sheriff's Use of Force/Complaints Data (Solano County Sheriff)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Solano County Sheriff of Solano County, CA .
Multi Request Sheriff's Use of Force/Complaints Data
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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 sheriff's deputy use of force incidents, broken down by type of force used, between 2013-2018 (separated by year).
2. The total number of people that deputies used force against, between 2013-2018 (separated by year).
3. The total number of use of force complaints reported between 2013-2018 (separated by year).
4. The total number of use of force complaints sustained between 2013-2018 (separated by year).
5. The policy manual of the sheriff's department.
6. The current union contract between the city and any sheriff's deputy/police officer unions.

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: Solano County Sheriff

Dear Mr. Sinyangwe:

This office represents the Solano County Sheriff's Office. We are responding to your request under the Public Records Act (PRA), forwarded below.

In response to your Request Nos. 1-4, please see the attached PDF file. As you know, a public agency is not required to create any record as part of its response to PRA requests. (Gov. Code § 6252(e); see, also, Haynie v. Superior Court (2001) 26 Cal.4th 1061, 1075.)

In response to your Request No. 5, this request is overly broad. A PRA request must be focused and specific and must reasonably describe an identifiable record or records. (Rogers v. Superior Court (1993) 19 Cal.App.4th 469, 481; Gov. Code § 6253(b).) The Sheriff's Office has a substantial number of records that could be construed as being part of a "policy manual". We therefore ask that you provide clarifying information as to which policies you are seeking, in order to make a more focused request. To that end, we are including the index of our General Orders so that you might let us know which, if any, you are interested in obtaining. (See Gov. Code § 6253.1.)

In response to your Request No. 6, we direct you to the following County website where all County MOUs may be found: http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/hr/elr/mous.asp<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.solanocounty.com%2Fdepts%2Fhr%2Felr%2Fmous.asp&data=02%7C01%7C%7C64dfb315d603485ed7e808d6ee8a97cc%7C5e7f20ace5f14f838c3bce44b8486421%7C0%7C0%7C636958676345545886&sdata=RxIHgrpePuyz1j6NJ4PpBknLRkh5gZhI6iBfNuQCZRA%3D&reserved=0>. (See Gov. Code § 6253(f).)

Please let me know if you should have any questions.

Sincerely,

Daniel M. Wolk
Deputy County Counsel
Solano County
675 Texas Street, Suite 6600
Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: 707-784-6140
Fax: 707-784-6862

From: Samuel Sinyangwe

Hi, thanks for sending this info.
- Regarding the Use of Force report; my request specified that I wanted these numbers separated by year so there would be a report for 2013, one for 2014, etc. through 2018.
- Regarding the policy manual, please send the following sections from the General Orders:
6.002 Use of Force
6.002A Defensive Tactics Team
6.002B Impact Weapons
6.002C Chemical Agents
6.002D Carotid Restraint Hold
6.002E The Wrap Restraint Device
6.002F Use of Electronic Control Devices (Taser)
6.002G (Available)
6.002H Pepperball System
6.002I FN303 Less Lethal Launcher
6.002J Ultron Electronic Power Shield
6.002K *Rescinded*
6.003 Display and Discharge of Firearms
6.004 Legal Operation of Emergency Vehicles
6.005 Pursuit Guidelines
6.006 Code 666
6.007 Officer Involved Fatal Incident Protocol (OIF)
7.010 Alternatives to Custody Program

Thank you!

Sam

From: Solano County Sheriff

Sam:

Attached is the use of force report separated by year. We only have the information back to 2014, and, as you can see, there appears to be an issue with the data for 2014. If you have questions about that – or about the reports in general – please contact Robert Nichelini (CC’ed on this email).

We are in the process of compiling the General Order sections you requested and should have those to you in the next week or so.

Thank you,

Daniel M. Wolk
Deputy County Counsel
Solano County
675 Texas Street, Suite 6600
Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: 707-784-6140
Fax: 707-784-6862

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