City policies regarding Civilian Oversight of Police (Metropolitan Police Department)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
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From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1974, D.C. Code Ann. § 2-531 et seq. ("D.C. Act"), I hereby request the following records:

All documents containing policies and procedures that establish the authority/powers of the civilian review board, office of civilian complaints, civilian police commission, civilian inspector general, or other civilian oversight structure of the police department.

If no civilian oversight board exists, copy of any policies or procedures for handling civilian complaints.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: Kaufman, Donald

BY EMAIL Mr. Samuel Sinyangwe Re: 2017-FOIA-01364 Dear Mr. Sinyangwe: This email is in response to your FOIA request for records “containing policies and procedures that establish the authority/powers of the civilian review board, office of civilian complaints, civilian police commission, civilian inspector general, or other civilian oversight structure of the police department.”  The Office of Police Complaints was established as a separate agency by statutory enactment.  Accordingly, we are unable to provide you with any responsive records. Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain “Freedom of Information Act Appeal” or “FOIA Appeal” in the subject line of the letter, as well as, on the outside of the envelope.  The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, an e-mail and/or U.S. mailing address at which you can be reached. The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor’s Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C.  20004.  Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to The Mayor’s Correspondence Unit at  Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency, or to the agency head of that agency, if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor. Very truly yours, Donald S. Kaufman MPD FOIA Officer

From: Metropolitan Police Department

Dear Samuel Sinyangwe,
This office is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Your FOIA Request Number is 2018-FOIA-01073 Your assigned FOIA Specialist is latrina crumlin Pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-532, we have fifteen (15) business-days, subject to the possibility of a ten (10) business-day extension, to respond to the request as of the date of receipt.  More specifically, D.C. Official Code § 2-532(c) and (d) state:
(c) A public body, upon request reasonably describing any public record, shall within 15 days (except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays) of the receipt of any such request either make the requested public record accessible or notify the person making such request of its determination not to make the requested public record or any part thereof accessible and the reasons therefor
(d) In unusual circumstances, the time limit prescribed in subsection (c) of this section may be extended by written notice to the person making such request setting forth the reasons for extension and expected date for determination. Such extension shall not exceed 10 days (except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays). For purposes of this subsection, and only to the extent necessary for processing of the particular request, "unusual circumstances" are limited to: (1) The need to search for, collect, and appropriately examine a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records which are demanded in a single request; or (2) The need for consultation, which shall be conducted with all practicable speed, with another public body having a substantial interest in the determination of the request or among 2 or more components of a public body having substantial subject-matter interest therein.
If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact the assigned FOIA Specialist at (202) 727-3721. For ease of reference, we ask that you have your FOIA Request Number available when you contact our office.
Regards, Latrina Crumlin

From: Metropolitan Police Department

Good Afternoon Mr. Samuel Sinyangwe,

We are processing the aforementioned FOIA request regarding MPD use of force reports and need to clarify some parts of your request. When you have an opportunity, can you please give me a call on either number listed below? Thank you

Inspector Vendette T. Parker
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, NW Suite 4153
Washington, DC 20001
Office 202.724.4264
Cell 202.487.4182<>

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