Tallahasse, FL PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Tallahassee Police Department of Tallahassee, FL.
Tracking # PRR-2900-2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), 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.

Could you please provide copies of the Tallahasse Police Department Internal Affairs report for 2007-2017? If not, could you please provide the following:

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. 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.

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

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

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From: Howie, Beverly

Thank you for your request. As you can imagine the 10 years of information you are requesting will require extensive staff time to compile. 19,000 is a rough estimate of the total amount of documents that we have on file for the past 10 years. The staff time to gather all of the below information will be billed at $34.42 per hour. Then there is staff time to redact the reports and that would be billed at $13.42 per hour.

If you wanted a count of the total number of citizen complaints, officer-involved-shootings etc., we could provide this information instead. We can give a total for each category, but again, the staff time it took to gather the information would be billed at $34.42 per hour.

We do not have a report that tracks the type of complaint or how many of the officer-involved shootings involved disciplinary action unless we review each report individually and again that would be over 1900 reports.

These are your options and wanted to share them with you before we proceeded. Please advise how you would like to move forward with your request. Thank you.

Beverly Howie, Supervisor
Tallahassee Police Department
Records Management
234 East 7th Avenue
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Phone: 850-891-4864
Fax: 850-891-4556
Email: Beverly.Howie@talgov.com<mailto:Beverly.Howie@talgov.com>
PLEASE NOTE: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from government officials are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your email communications may be subject to public disclosure.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello Ms. Howie,

Thank you for writing to me. I understand that the request is extensive. Perhaps I can amend my request to minimize the cost and burden on your department.

I would like to amend #1 and #2 of my request to include only the total number of external (#1) and internal (#2) complaints in your department, per year, for the last 10 years.

Would you please provide an estimate for the total cost compiling the data now that I have reduced my request. We understand that the request may require payment, but we are working with a limited budget.

Very Respectfully, Alex Cartwright

From: Howie, Beverly

The department is still working on your request. Thank you for your patience.

Beverly Howie, Supervisor
Tallahassee Police Department
Records Management
234 East 7th Avenue
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Phone: 850-891-4864
Fax: 850-891-4556
Email: Beverly.Howie@talgov.com<mailto:Beverly.Howie@talgov.com>
PLEASE NOTE: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from government officials are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your email communications may be subject to public disclosure.

From: Howie, Beverly

Thank you for following up on your request. I have contacted our Internal Affairs department and was notified that they are still working on processing your request.

Beverly Howie, Supervisor
Tallahassee Police Department
Records Management
234 East 7th Avenue
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Phone: 850-891-4864
Fax: 850-891-4556
Email: Beverly.Howie@talgov.com<mailto:Beverly.Howie@talgov.com>
PLEASE NOTE: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from government officials are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your email communications may be subject to public disclosure.

From: TPD_Records_Request

Good Morning. Our Internal Affairs Department have completed your request. In reference to your request, documents that can be provided are noted below. The research and compiling of the documents below took 5 hours to complete at a rate of $34.42 per hour for a total of $172.10.

As noted below, there are investigative reports that need to be reviewed before we can provide them to you. This will take additional staff time. There are 34 reports, some ranging from 2 pages to 99 pages. In addition to the $172.10 there will be an additional fee for staff time to review these reports at $13.42 per hour. I estimate at total of 10 hours to review the reports and redact information that is exempt per FL Statute. This would be an additional total of $134.20.

This would bring your estimated total to $306.30. Please remember that this is just an estimate and can be more or less depending on how long it takes to review the reports. Please let us know how you would like to proceed. In order for us to proceed we would need a deposit of 25%. Thank you.

Beverly Howie, Supervisor
Tallahassee Police Department
Records Management
234 East 7th Avenue
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Phone: 850-891-4864
Fax: 850-891-4556
Email: Beverly.Howie@talgov.com<mailto:Beverly.Howie@talgov.com>
PLEASE NOTE: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from government officials are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your email communications may be subject to public disclosure.

From: Tallahassee Police Department

Please advise if you wish to continue with this request. If so, we will require a 25% deposit before we proceed with reviewing the documents to redact exempt information and releasing the documents to you.

Beverly Howie, Supervisor
Tallahassee Police Department
Records Management
234 East 7th Avenue
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Phone: 850-891-4864
Fax: 850-891-4556
Email: Beverly.Howie@talgov.com<mailto:Beverly.Howie@talgov.com>
PLEASE NOTE: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from government officials are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your email communications may be subject to public disclosure.

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