|California police data
|July 16, 2019
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:
1. The total number of police uses of force in 2018, broken down by type of force used (i.e. number of uses of tasers, number of uses of baton, etc.)
2. The total number of use of force complaints reported by civilians in 2018
3. The total number of use of force complaints reported by civilians that were sustained in 2018
4. All arrests data reported to the California Department of Justice via the Monthly Arrests and Citation Register program covering arrests made in 2017 and 2018, including (but not limited to) the age, race/ethnicity, gender, offense category (felony, misdemeanor, status offense), charge and disposition of arrestees.
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.
I am responding to your Public Records Act Request dated 07/17/19 (copy attached) related to police use of force. The information requested is listed below.
For 2018, WCPD recorded a total number of use of force incidents at 80 broken down as follows:
Less Lethal/ Bean Bag=7
Bodily Force to include Control Holds, kicks, punches, etc.=49
In 2018, we had 6 use of force related complaints by Citizens, None of them had sustained findings.
For your last item requested - the current arrest data is public record however we only release contemporaneous arrest data - meaning the current month's data. This is based on the court case - "County Of Los Angeles v. Kusar" and determines we are only required to release contemporaneous data. The arrest data dating back to 2017-2018 would not be public records. I have attached the current month's printout of the arrest data.
If I can be of further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.
West Covina Police Department