Sterling Heights, MI PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Sterling Heights Police Department of Sterling Heights, MI.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Natalie Minaudo

From: Natalie Minaudo
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 3:15 PM
To: 'requests@muckrock.com '
Cc: Dale Dwojakowski; Jamie Dubay
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Sterling Heights, MI PD Citizen Complaints

Good afternoon Professors Cartwright and Dirmeyer,

I am the assistant FOIA Coordinator for the Sterling Heights Police Department. Interim Chief Dwojakowski has forwarded your original FOIA request of August 18th as well as this follow-up email from August 25th to me. Unfortunately the Chief was on vacation when your email was sent to him and he was not able to forward it until August 23rd. I am sending you today by U.S. mail a 10-day extension letter informing you that your request will be granted, denied, or denied in part by September 14, 2017 (a copy is also attached to this email).

Please feel free to contact me at shpdfoia@sterling-heights.net<mailto:shpdfoia@sterling-heights.net> or with the contact information listed below should you have any further questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

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Natalie Minaudo
Administrative Secretary
Sterling Heights Police Department
40333 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights MI, 48313 USA
Tel: (586) 446-2916 fax: (586) 276-4069

IF THE READER OF THIS MESSAGE IS NOT THE INTENDED RECIPIENT or the employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any downloading, copying, disclosure dissemination, distribution, or forwarding of this communication is strictly prohibited.

If received in error, please notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail and delete the original message including attachments.

The City of Sterling Heights reserves the right to assert the deliberative process privilege or any other applicable privileges authorized by law with respect to e-mail messages sent or received where appropriate.

From: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com> [mailto:requests@muckrock.com]
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2017 5:02 AM
To: Dale Dwojakowski
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Sterling Heights, MI PD Citizen Complaints

August 25, 2017
Sterling Heights Police Department
Police Department
Dale Dwojakowski, Interim Chief of Police
40333 Dodge Park Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48313

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 18, 2017. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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On Aug. 18, 2017:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you very much for the update. Thank you for accommodating our request. I look forward to receiving the data.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Sterling Heights Police Department

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Natalie Minaudo

Good morning Mr. Cartwright,

Attached please find a copy of a Good Faith Estimate form which was mailed to you yesterday. A significant amount of time will be required to gather the data you are asking for.

Please let me know if you have any questions once you have had a chance to review this information.

Regards,

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Natalie Minaudo
Administrative Secretary
Sterling Heights Police Department
40333 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights MI, 48313 USA
Tel: (586) 446-2916 fax: (586) 276-4069

IF THE READER OF THIS MESSAGE IS NOT THE INTENDED RECIPIENT or the employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any downloading, copying, disclosure dissemination, distribution, or forwarding of this communication is strictly prohibited.

If received in error, please notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail and delete the original message including attachments.

The City of Sterling Heights reserves the right to assert the deliberative process privilege or any other applicable privileges authorized by law with respect to e-mail messages sent or received where appropriate.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello Natile,

Thank you for providing this estimate. Unfortunately, this amount is beyond our limited budget. I would like to amend #1 and #2 of my request to include ONLY the annual total of internal and external complaints in the department (the details on the allegation and outcome of each complaint can be omitted). I hope that this will reduce the cost (and the burden on your department). Please provide a new estimate for this updated request.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Natalie Minaudo

Good afternoon Mr. Cartwright –

I checked with the individual who would be preparing this information for you and unfortunately amending your request to include only the total numbers under items #1 and #2 does not make a significant difference in the amount of time required as each record still has to be searched. Would you be interested in amending the number of years that you would want records from? That would result in a lowered estimate of costs.

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Natalie Minaudo
Administrative Secretary
Sterling Heights Police Department
40333 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights MI, 48313 USA
Tel: (586) 446-2916 fax: (586) 276-4069

IF THE READER OF THIS MESSAGE IS NOT THE INTENDED RECIPIENT or the employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any downloading, copying, disclosure dissemination, distribution, or forwarding of this communication is strictly prohibited.

If received in error, please notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail and delete the original message including attachments.

The City of Sterling Heights reserves the right to assert the deliberative process privilege or any other applicable privileges authorized by law with respect to e-mail messages sent or received where appropriate.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hi Natalie,

Thank you for following up. If we only wanted 5 years of data, what would that reduce the costs to?

Thank you very much.
-Alex Cartwright

From: Natalie Minaudo

Good afternoon Professor Cartwright –

Attached please find a revised estimate regarding your FOIA request. This estimate reflects the expected costs to prepare the requested data for the past 5 years.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

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Natalie Minaudo
Administrative Secretary
Sterling Heights Police Department
40333 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights MI, 48313 USA
Tel: (586) 446-2916 fax: (586) 276-4069

IF THE READER OF THIS MESSAGE IS NOT THE INTENDED RECIPIENT or the employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any downloading, copying, disclosure dissemination, distribution, or forwarding of this communication is strictly prohibited.

If received in error, please notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail and delete the original message including attachments.

The City of Sterling Heights reserves the right to assert the deliberative process privilege or any other applicable privileges authorized by law with respect to e-mail messages sent or received where appropriate.

From: Sterling Heights Police Department

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

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