Warren, MI PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Warren Police Department of Warren, MI.
Tracking # 793-17
Est. Completion Sept. 22, 2017
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 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 send a copy of your annual 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 (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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: City of Warren FOIA Request

Dear Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dimeyer,
Thank you for your submission.  Your request is being handled as soon as possible.  If you have any questions please contact our legal department.
City Attorney : (586)574-4671

From: Lauren Gagne

September 5, 2017

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Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dimeyer
411A Highland Ave
Somerville MA 02144

Re: Freedom of Information Request # 793-17 (Annual Reports Request)

To whom it may concern:

This office is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Request.

Due to the nature of your request, a 10-day extension has been applied pursuant to MCL 15.235, Sec. 5(2)(d). This office will respond to your request by September 22, 2017. Thank you for your patience.

The Public Summary of the City's FOIA Procedures and Guidelines is available free of charge from: www.cityofwarren.org<http://www.cityofwarren.org/>

Respectfully,

Scott Salisbury, Sergeant
Technical Services Division
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES BUREAU

From: Alexander Thornton

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. ADDRESS ANY QUESTIONS TO recordsrequest@warrenpd.org

September 20, 2017

Alexander Cartwright/Jennifer Dimeyer
411A Highland Ave.
Dept. 42384
Somerville, MA

Re: Freedom of Information Request #793-17 (2007-2017 Annual Reports)

Dear Mr. Cartwright/Ms. Dimeyer

This office is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Request for annual reports for 2007-2017 including departmental complaints.

Your request is unduly burdensome and would unreasonably interfere with the duly undertaken work of this department. The reason this request is excessive, or creates unreasonable interference, is that the requested records are not compiled within an annual report, and that compiling the requested records would take longer than allowed by the Freedom of Information Act. The Freedom of Information Act provides for access to government public records where the records sought are reasonably described.

Also note that the Freedom of Information Act does not require a public body to make a compilation of information. Traffic violations are not filed or kept by intersection or in a manner that is retrievable for your request.

The Public Summary of the City's FOIA Procedures and Guidelines is available free of charge from: www.cityofwarren.org

Respectfully,

Scott Salisbury, Sergeant
Technical Services Division
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES BUREAU

Alexander Thornton
Records Clerk
Warren Police Department
586 574 4749

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