West Palm Beach, FL PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the West Palm Beach Police Department of West Palm Beach, FL.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From:

Good morning,

Your initial request was received on August 22,2017.
This is an extensive request however you will be notified when this
request is completed.
Regards,
WPBPD Records Division
600 Banyan Blvd
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
WPBPDRECREQ@WPB.ORG
561-822-1880

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you for the update.

Respectfully,
Alex Cartwright

From:

Your initial request was received on August 22, 2017 and follow up email
on September 06, 2017.
This is an extensive request however you will be notified when this
request is completed.
Regards,
WPBPD Records Division
600 Banyan Blvd
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
WPBPDRECREQ@WPB.ORG
561-822-1880

From:

Please read attachment below.
Another option is to request the IAU annual report which is less time
consuming for the labor cost and possibly for the per copy (paper) cost.
The annual report will not have the exact and/or specific information
requested.
Some of the requested information is not tracked by this agency.
Regards,
WPBPD Records Division
600 Banyan Blvd
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
WPBPDRECREQ@WPB.ORG
561-822-1880

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