Police data collection project (City of Westminster Police)

Samuel Sinyangwe filed this request with the City of Westminster Police of Westminster, CO.
Multi Request Police data collection project
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From: Samuel Sinyangwe

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. the total number of use of force incidents, separated by year and by type of force used from 2016-2019 (for example, "27 taser incidents in 2016, 3 baton incidents in 2017, etc.)
2. the total number of civilian complaints alleging any form of law enforcement misconduct that were reported and the total number sustained, separated by year (for example, 8 complaints in 2016, 2 complaints sustained in 2017, 4 complaints in 2018, 1 complaint sustained in 2019, etc.)
3. the total number of civilian complaints alleging law enforcement use of excessive force that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year
4. the total number of civilian complaints alleging biased policing or racial profiling that were reported and the total number sustained from 2016-2019, separated by year

Note that my requests for civilian complaints are specifically for civilian complaints alleging police misconduct, please do not include complaints filed by one officer/the department against another officer.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.


Samuel Sinyangwe

From: City of Westminster Police

Mr. Sinyangwe,

Thank you for contacting the Westminster Police Department. We are in receipt of the request included in this email reference our criminal justice records. I have attached a fee schedule along with a Records Search Request form. Please sign the form and complete as much as the scope of your request allows. No work will be started until we receive the returned document with your signature. Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute 24-72-306 we charge a fee for such requests. The attached fee schedule is for reference only as the exact fee amount is based on the scope of your request.

Additionally, On July 1, 2020 we received a similar request from MudRock which also appears to have a computer generated email account and similar language regarding the request. We do process or release records to computer generated emails, nor do we mass distribute criminal justice records without verification of whom is submitting a request. Our department has been inundated with auto-drafted emails and we require personal verification to begin processing all requests.

Thank you,

Sergeant Trevor Materasso
Westminster Police Department
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