Surprise, AZ PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Surprise Police Department of Surprise, AZ.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state open records law, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 39-121 to 39-122 and 39-128, 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. How many officer-involved-shootings were there per year for the last 10 years in your department? 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.

2. 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Amanda Knollhuff

I spoke with the Sgt. that is compiling this information for me. I was told this may be a lengthy process due to the amount of information he has to gather. I will notify of the fees as soon as I get the documentation and proceed from there. Thanks!

Mandy Knollhuff 3140
Police Records Technician
Surprise Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza, Suite 103
Surprise, AZ 85388
623-222-4227-p/623-222-4002-f

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you very much for the update. I look forward to receiving the information.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From: Amanda Knollhuff

I have not received these documents yet. I will follow up with the Sgt today.

From: Amanda Knollhuff

From: Kevin Cyrnek
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 3:01 PM
To: Amanda Knollhuff <Amanda.Knollhuff@surpriseaz.gov>
Subject: RE: Public Records Request: Surprise, AZ PD Citizen Complaints

Surprise Police Department

YEAR

Officer Involved Shooting

Discipline for OIS

Animal shootings

Accidental discharges

2008

1

0

2009

2010

2011

2012

3

0

2013

1

0

2014

2015

2016

1

0

2

2017

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Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:22 AM
To: PublicRecords SPD <PublicRecords.SPD@surpriseaz.gov<mailto:PublicRecords.SPD@surpriseaz.gov>>
Subject: Public Records Request: Surprise, AZ PD Citizen Complaints

August 22, 2017
Surprise Police Department
Kimberly Davey
Records Technician
Surprise Police Department
14250 W Statler Plaza Ste 103

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state open records law, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 39-121 to 39-122 and 39-128, 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. How many officer-involved-shootings were there per year for the last 10 years in your department? 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.

2. 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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

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26 Sep 2017 22:18:27 -0000

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you for providing this data. Unfortunately, the margins appear to be moved when you type the data in an email. I want to make sure I record them accurately. Can you please type them into an excel sheet (or word doc) and resend them as an attachment to this email?

Also, I do not see information related to items #1 and #2 of our request.

Very respectfully, Alex Cartwright

From: Surprise Police Department

Sir,

Please contact me at 623-222-4224 as I am not sure how we can assist.

Thank you

Norma E. Chavez
Records Supervisor
Surprise Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza, Suite 103
Surprise, AZ 85374
Office (623) 222-4224 Fax (623) 222-4002

The information contained in this electronic message is privileged or confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee(s). If the reader of this e-mail is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. No privilege has been waived by your inadvertent receipt of this correspondence. If you have received this e-mail in error, please contact me immediately at norma.chavez@surpriseaz.gov<mailto:tiffany.copp@surpriseaz.gov> or (623) 222-4224 (internally, extension x4224).

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Norma,
Thank you very much for providing the information we requested. I am writing to ask for some clarification regarding the data on officer-involved shootings you provided us with. What constitutes an officer-involved shooting in your department? For example, some departments do not count misses while others count all discharges; some include shots at animals. Other departments include intentional and accidental shootings; others do not. Some include all discharges and some exclude missed shots. Please explain to us how your department classifies the OIS included in the numbers you sent to us.

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