ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Washington County Sheriff's Office of Washington County, OR.


From: Ken Schwencke

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law, I hereby request the following documents:

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

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Ken Schwencke

From: Jeff Talbot

Mr. Schwencke,

This email is in receipt of the below public information request.

The cost estimate to complete this request is $160 (4 hr @ $40/hr). Final cost will be dependent upon how long request fulfillment actually takes to complete.

Please let me know if you'd like to proceed.


Deputy Jeff Talbot
Public Information Officer
Washington County Sheriff's Office

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From: Ken Schwencke

Deputy Talbot,

Would limiting the scope of the request help take the amount of time required down? For example, if I just needed the incident number, bias motivation, incident date and perhaps the offense classification -- would that be simpler? Or perhaps is there a record with a subset of the fields that exists already?

Thanks so much,
Ken Schwencke
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c: 561-756-6135

From: Jeff Talbot

Hello Ken,

Please refer to the attachment as a fulfillment of your public records request. We are providing it free of charge. If you need additional information, let me know and I can obtain another estimate.

All the best,

Deputy Jeff Talbot
Public Information Officer
Washington County Sheriff’s Office

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From: Ken Schwencke

Deputy Talbot,

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

Ken Schwencke