Ventura, CA PD Citizen Complaints

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Bautista, Ashley

Thank you for contacting the Ventura Police Department. Here’s the following of what we have from the information you have requested. Have a safe day.

Item #1 – See attachment (The only thing missing is the actual finding i.e. unfounded, sustained, etc. We don’t keep those stats)

Item #2 – Internal complaints made against a peer are extremely rare and we don’t enter them into a complaint log. Records are only kept for 5 years
2012: 2 complaints made by peers. 1 sustained, 1 unfounded
2013: 1 complaint made by peer. Sustained
2014: 0
2015: 0
2016: 0
2017: 0

Item #3 – We only keep 5 years of data on officer involved shootings
2012: 0 Officer Involved Shootings
2013: 1 Officer Involved Shooting @ person – No discipline
2014: 1 Officer involved Shooting @ person – No Discipline. 2 Officer Involved Shootings @ dogs – No discipline
2015: 2 Officer involved Shootings @ dogs – No discipline
2016: 1 Officer Involved Shooting (Accidental discharge) – Discipline given. 1 Officer involved shooting @ dog – No discipline
2017: 1 Officer involved Shooting (Self-inflicted gunshot wound) – Investigation in progress.

Item #4 - We do post some Use of Force statistics and some minimal complaint statistics. They can be found at the following website: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1053/Performance-Measures

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact Commander Weeks at 805 339-4309 or email at rweeks@venturapd.org<mailto:rweeks@venturapd.org>

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hi,

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

Sincerely,
Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

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