Tyler, TX PD Citizen Complaints

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, 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 (sometimes called internal complaints) 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Tyler Police Department

The Tyler Police Department received the Open Records Request below on this date, 8-09-2018. While your request mentions this was previously submitted on August 22, 2017, I have no record for receipt on that date. Can you inform me what address you sent this original request to? The procedure for completing an Open Records Request with the Tyler Police Department is located on the department website at tylerpolice.com.
I am responding to your request seeking clarification, specifically on request item #3 involving Officer Involved Shootings. The Tyler Police Department has only been involved in three Officer involved shooting incidents in the last 10 years. No citizen was injured or stuck by gunfire in two of these three incidents. There have been a couple of accidental discharges with no injuries and a few force against wounded or aggressive animal incidents in the past 10 years. While each of these incidents are reported and reviewed individually, we do not have a document as you requested to release to you pursuant to your request.
The Tyler Police Department is compiling the records for other portions of your request and will notify you when they are ready.

Thank you,
Sgt. Brian Bulman

From: Tyler Police Department

Alexander or Jennifer,

Our Public Information Officer, Don Martin, forwarded me your attached request. We are preparing the documents. I have attached an invoice. Once we receive the payment in the mail we will Priority Mail you these items.

Sincerely,
Marisa Pittman

Marisa Pittman
Data Management Supervisor
903-531-1057
Tyler Police Department
mpittman@tylertexas.com<mailto:mpittman@tylertexas.com>
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The information contained in this e-mail (along with any attachments) is intended only for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed and may contain privileged and/or confidential information and/or law enforcement records that are exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you should not read any further, and any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please notify the sender and immediately delete this transmission

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $8.65 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Tyler Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

I am writing to follow up on my original request made on 8/22/17.

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. We requested the total number of annual officer involved shootings each year for the past 10 years.

While you sent us data on officer complaints, the OIS data seems to have been overlooked. Could you please provide that data? If not, could you please clarify that your department does not collect OIS (officer involved shooting) data.

If you are able to provide the data, please define 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. Please explain to us how your department classifies the OIS included in the numbers you sent to us.

Respectfully, -Alex Cartwright

From: Tyler Police Department

Mr. Cartwright,

Sgt. Bulman has provided me a 73 page report that has Use of Force information in it. If you would like that report I have attached the invoice like we did last time. If you need further assistance please let me know.

Sincerely,
Marisa Pittman

Marisa Pittman
Data Management Supervisor
903-531-1057
Tyler Police Department
mpittman@tylertexas.com<mailto:mpittman@tylertexas.com>
[cid:image001.png@01D0219E.149BF960] <http://www.tylerpolice.com/HOME.aspx>
Notice of Confidentiality:
The information contained in this e-mail (along with any attachments) is intended only for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed and may contain privileged and/or confidential information and/or law enforcement records that are exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you should not read any further, and any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please notify the sender and immediately delete this transmission

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