ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Wichita Police Department of Wichita, KS.
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From: Ken Schwencke


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Kansas Open Records Act (K.S.A. 45-215), I hereby request the following records:

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 https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes#hatecrime-coverage.

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.

Sincerely,

Ken Schwencke

From: Cobble, Mary

Good afternoon. Attached hereto is an invoice with regard to your recent records request. You may either send a check payable to the City of Wichita, or if you prefer to pay by credit card, you can call 316-268-4681 and press 3.

Mary J. Cobble | Legal Secretary | City Attorney's Office | City of Wichita
City Hall - 13th Floor | 455 N. Main Street | Wichita, KS 67202-1689
TEL 316.268.4681 | FAX 316.268.4335

Disclaimer: IMPORTANT/CONFIDENTIAL: This electronic mail message contains information from the Wichita City Attorney's Office which is privileged, confidential, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law and intended only for the use of the addressee(s) named herein. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or an agent of the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the City Attorney's Office (316-268-4681) and delete the message completely from your computer system.

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Mary,

Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly. On the estimate, is there a subset of the requested fields/information that would take less time to put together, and bring the cost down?

Cheers,
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Cobble, Mary

Yes, the items highlighted below would be fairly easy to program. We estimate that information would cost $18.75. If you are interested in just that information, I have attached a new invoice for your convenience.

From: Ken Schwencke

That's great, and I could get a check for $18.75 to you right away. One thing -- my email service strips out HTML, so I can't see what you highlighted. Is there any way you could copy and paste those field descriptions into a new email? Sorry to be a bother -- I just can't see them at all!

Cheers,
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Cobble, Mary

Of course! The fields included would be: the incident number, date of the incident, the offense classification, the location and the bias motivation.

From: Ken Schwencke

Sold! I'll have a check for $18.75 (or call in a CC number to you ) ASAP. Would the result be a digital file attached via email?

Thanks,
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Cobble, Mary

:) I believe so. I think they are usually pdfs - will that work for you?

From: Ken Schwencke

That works for me! Thank you again.

From: Cobble, Mary

You're very welcome. Upon receipt of payment, we will send the information to you. Have a good day!

From: Cobble, Mary

Ken, attached hereto is a copy of your receipt and your responsive document. Your records request is considered complete and closed.

Mary J. Cobble | Legal Secretary | City Attorney's Office | City of Wichita
City Hall - 13th Floor | 455 N. Main Street | Wichita, KS 67202-1689
TEL 316.268.4681 | FAX 316.268.4335

Disclaimer: IMPORTANT/CONFIDENTIAL: This electronic mail message contains information from the Wichita City Attorney's Office which is privileged, confidential, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law and intended only for the use of the addressee(s) named herein. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or an agent of the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the City Attorney's Office (316-268-4681) and delete the message completely from your computer system.

From: Ken Schwencke

Hi Mary,

Thank so much, I really appreciate it.

Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Cobble, Mary

Glad we could help. Have a good weekend!

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