ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Virginia Beach Police Department of Virginia Beach, VA.
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FOI2017-2167

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From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any database or other records of hate crimes or crimes evidencing bias of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or disability reported to or investigated by your agency since Jan. 1, 2010, containing at least the following fields:

the incident number
date of the incident
whether the crime was against individuals or a business / property
number of victims
race or ethnicity of the victims
gender of the victims
the offense classification
the location of the incident
the bias motivation (anti-black, anti-muslim, etc)

I would like the records in a machine-readable, electronic format if possible. If the records are kept in another format, or kept individually, I would still like copies.

This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage.

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,

Ken Schwencke

From: Rhonda M. Montrose

Per your request in below email please see attached.

Respectfully,
Rhonda M. Montrose
FOIA Admin Technician
Internal Affairs
(757) 385-4145.
Virginia Beach Police Department FOIA Requests email us at: VBPDFOIA@vbgov.com<mailto:VBPDFOIA@vbgov.com>

https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/police/Pages/default.aspx (ePro link where you can look up public records)

https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/police/profstanddiv/Pages/foia-form.aspx ( A user friendly autopopulated request form you can type up request and it automatically populates into our group FOIA box).

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From: Tom Nash

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any database or other records of hate crimes or crimes evidencing bias of race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or disability reported to or investigated by your agency since Jan. 1, 2010, containing at least the following fields:

the incident number
date of the incident
whether the crime was against individuals or a business / property
number of victims
race or ethnicity of the victims
gender of the victims
the offense classification
the location of the incident
the bias motivation (anti-black, anti-muslim, etc)

I would like the records in a machine-readable, electronic format if possible. If the records are kept in another format, or kept individually, I would still like copies.

This request is made as part of the Documenting Hate Project, a collaboration involving dozens of news organizations, led by ProPublica. Coverage from the project is compiled at https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage.

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,

Tom Nash

From: Virginia Beach Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Rhonda,

Thanks so much for the responsive records. I see they're a print of an Excel file -- would it be possible to email me the records directly or otherwise send them electronically?

Thanks !

From: Rhonda M. Montrose

I am not sure what exactly your asking for? Did the PDF not open up?

From: Ken Schwencke

It did open up, yes -- it appears that you have printed a spreadsheet (like an Excel spreadsheet) and made it into a PDF. I was wondering if perhaps you could email the source of that -- the spreadsheet itself, which would be "machine-readable."

From: Rhonda M. Montrose

Sir, thank you for your inquiry we only send items in PDF format.

Respectfully,
Rhonda M. Montrose
FOIA Admin Technician
Internal Affairs
(757) 385-4145.
Virginia Beach Police Department FOIA Requests email us at: VBPDFOIA@vbgov.com<mailto:VBPDFOIA@vbgov.com>

https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/police/Pages/default.aspx (ePro link where you can look up public records)

https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/police/profstanddiv/Pages/foia-form.aspx ( A user friendly autopopulated request form you can type up request and it automatically populates into our group FOIA box).

**Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply email and delete the original message and destroy all copies.

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