ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Spokane Police Department of Spokane, WA.
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From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), 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, including where available, but not limited to:

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 https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage. 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ken Schwencke

From: Farnsworth, Laurie

Mr. Schwencke:

This is to acknowledge your August 7, 2017, public records request received in the Spokane Police Records Unit that same date.

Your request has been forwarded to relevant staff in the Spokane Police Department for review and compiling of responsive records, if any. I anticipate requiring 15 business days, or until September 5, to conclude your request. I will follow up with you on or about that date regarding its status. If additional time will be needed to conclude it, I will advise accordingly. Likewise, if responsive records become available sooner, I will let you know.

Sincerely,

Laurie A. Farnsworth | City of Spokane | Deputy City Clerk
808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, WA 99201-3342

From: Farnsworth, Laurie

Mr. Schwenke:

This is a follow up to my August 14 email to you below regarding your below-referenced August 7, 2017, public records request, which states the following:

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, including where available, but not limited to:

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)
As I advised previously, your request was forwarded to staff in the Spokane Police Department, including the Police Records Unit, for review and compiling of responsive records, if any; however, I am advised by staff that the information you are seeking is not indexed or tracked in the SPD's records management databases. For staff from the SPD Records Unit to determine if any responsive incident reports can be located, specific incident numbers, names of involved parties (including date of birth) and/or date and location of an incident, would be needed.

Please provide clarifying identifying information that would enable SPD staff to perform a further search for records as indicated above. Please provide any such clarification within 30 days of today's date, or by September 21. If no clarification is received from you by that date, your August 7, 2017, public records request will be considered concluded and closed, and a new request would be required in this matter after September 21.

Sincerely,

Laurie A. Farnsworth | City of Spokane | Deputy City Clerk
808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, WA 99201-3342

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Laurie,

Thanks for getting back to me. Does the Spokane Police Department not internally track hate crimes in any way? In Washington, as I'm sure you know, agencies are required to submit monthly reports on hate crimes to the association of sheriffs and police chiefs. Are there internal records kept to satisfy this requirement? It's A-OK if they don't have the full suite of fields I asked about -- even incident number, incident date, bias motivation and crime classification would be enough.

Appreciate the help,
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Farnsworth, Laurie

Mr. Schwenke:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your below August 24 email. Your email has been forwarded to SPD staff to do a further check to determine if any responsive records can be located for your request. We anticipate requiring an additional five business days, or until September 8, to respond further to your request. I will follow up with you on or about that date regarding its status. If additional time will be needed to conclude your request, I will advise as such. If responsive records become available sooner, I will let you know.

Sincerely,

Laurie A. Farnsworth | City of Spokane | Deputy City Clerk
808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, WA 99201-3342

From: Ken Schwencke

Thank you, Laurie.

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

From: Farnsworth, Laurie

Mr. Schwencke:

This is to follow up my August 31 email to you below regarding the status of your August 7, 2017, public records request. SPD staff is still in the process of determining what responsive records may be located for your request. Due to other work load and staff schedules, I anticipate requiring additional time, or until September 18, to conclude your request. I will follow up with you on or about that date regarding the status of your request. :If additional time will be needed to conclude it, I will advise as such. If I am able to conclude your request sooner, I will let you know.

Sincerely,

Laurie Farnsworth
Spokane Deputy City Clerk

From: Farnsworth, Laurie

Mr. Schwencke:

This is to follow up my September 8 email to you below regarding the status of your August 7, 2017, public records request. SPD staff is still in the process of determining what responsive records may be located for your request. Due to other work load and staff schedules, I anticipate requiring additional time, or until September 29 to conclude your request. I will follow up with you on or about that date regarding the status of your request. :If additional time will be needed to conclude it, I will advise as such. If I am able to conclude your request sooner, I will let you know.

Sincerely,

Laurie Farnsworth
Spokane Deputy City Clerk

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Laurie A. Farnsworth | City of Spokane | Deputy City Clerk
808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, WA 99201-3342

From: Farnsworth, Laurie

Mr. Schwencke:

In follow up to my September 19 email and in response to your August 7, 2017, public records request as clarified on August 24, see the attached reports, compiled by staff from the Spokane Police Department from available data from "hate bias" incidents reported by the Spokane Police Department.

This concludes our response to your August 7, 2017, request. However, if we can be of further assistance, please advise.

Sincerely,

Laurie Farnsworth
Spokane Deputy City Clerk

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Laurie A. Farnsworth | City of Spokane | Deputy City Clerk
808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane, WA 99201-3342

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Laurie,

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

Sincerely,
Ken Schwencke

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