ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the South San Francisco Police Department of South San Francisco, CA.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), I hereby request the following records:

Any database or other records of hate crimes or crimes evidencing bias of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or disability reported to or investigated by your agency since Jan. 1, 2010, containing at least the following fields:

the incident number
date of the incident
whether the crime was against individuals or a business / property
number of victims
race or ethnicity of the victims
gender of the victims
the offense classification
the location of the incident
the bias motivation (anti-black, anti-muslim, etc)

I would like the records in a machine-readable, electronic format if possible. If the records are kept in another format, or kept individually, I would still like copies.

This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at

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.


Ken Schwencke

From: DiNapoli, Lorraine

Thank you for your Public Records Act Request we received today. We have a new electronic Public Records Request system in place which helps streamline the process and makes it more convenient for our staff and especially for customers. This new system allows departments to simply upload all the corresponding files into the system and send it directly to the customer at no charge. The customer has the option of viewing the files in our system and even saving the documents onto their own computers, flash drives, etc.

Click on the link provided below and select the top blue box on the right that reads Submit a Request. Next, click on the Create Account box to create your profile. Once your account is created, you may simply copy and paste your request into the system and submit it. Requests will be forwarded to the corresponding departments. You will receive an email from the system advising you that we have received your request. Any future updates will be from the system including when your request has been completed and ready to view.

Thank you.
City Clerk’s Office

From: Ken Schwencke


I note that the CPRA page you pointed me to says "Although persons in need of records are not required to fill out a Public Records Request Form, completion of the form makes the process more efficient. " If I am not required to fill out the PRA form, is the email I sent on 8/4 considered sufficient?

Ken Schwencke
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Rodriguez, Gabriel

Hello Ken,

Attached is the response from our Police Department pertaining to your records request.


Gabriel Rodriguez | Deputy City Clerk
City of South San Francisco
P.O. Box 711 | South San Francisco, CA 94080
O 650.829.6625 | F 650.829.6641

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