Visalia, CA PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Visalia Police Department of Visalia, 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: Lisa Davis

Good morning,

This email is to confirm that the Visalia Police Department has received your Public Records Act request for information relating to citizen complaints and officer involved shootings. We will begin working on the request; however, due to the need to gather and compile the information for the specified timeframe we will require the additional 14 days to provide the information. Feel free to contact me if you have further questions.

Thank you,

Lisa Davis
Records Supervisor
Visalia Police Department
(559) 713-4219

From: Lisa Davis

Good afternoon,

We will have a response to you no later than next Friday, September 15th ; however, we anticipate having this completed sooner.

Thank you,

Lisa Davis
Records Supervisor
Visalia Police Department
(559) 713-4219

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Hello,

Thank you very much for the update.

Respectfully,

Alex Cartwright

From: Lisa Davis

Good morning,

Attached is the information you requested pursuant to the California Public Records Act. We appreciate your patience while we gathered all of the necessary information.

Thank you,

Lisa Davis
Records Supervisor
Visalia Police Department
(559) 713-4219

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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