Wichita Falls, TX PD Citizen Complaints

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer filed this request with the Wichita Falls Police Department of Wichita Falls, TX.
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From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, 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.

We have located the 2016 Annual Report for WFPD. Could you please send a copy of that report for years 2007-2015 and 2017? If so, you may omit items #1 and #2 of our request (below). If not, please provide the following information:

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

From: Guy Gilmore

Please submit your open records request following the directions provided
on the City of Wichita Falls web page. Thank you.

http://www.wichitafallstx.gov/1479/Open-Records-Request
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*Deputy Chief Guy Gilmore*
*Community Operations*
*Wichita Falls Police Department*
*940-761-7705*

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

I am writing to follow up on my original request made on 8/22/17.

Thank you very much for providing the information we requested. I am writing to ask for some clarification regarding the data on officer-involved shootings you provided us with. What constitutes an officer-involved shooting in your department? For example, some departments do not count misses while others count all discharges; some include shots at animals. Other departments include intentional and accidental shootings; others do not. Some include all discharges and some exclude missed shots. Please explain to us how your department classifies the OIS included in the numbers you sent to us.

Very Respectfully, Alex Cartwright

From: Wichita Falls Police Department

Please submit your open records request following the directions provided
on the City of Wichita Falls web page. Thank you.

http://www.wichitafallstx.gov/1479/Open-Records-Request
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*Deputy Chief Guy Gilmore*
*Community Operations*
*Wichita Falls Police Department*
*940-761-7705*

From: Wichita Falls Police Department

Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer,

Good morning! I'm responding to your question about how officer-involved
shootings are defined by our department. We consider officer-involved
shootings as a shooting in which the officer or another person is injured
or killed, intentionally or accidentally. My office investigates/reviews
all weapon discharges, but it's only considered an officer-involved
shooting if a person is injured or killed.

Your request may have been treated as a new open records request. You can
disregard that. If you have any more questions about the information that
was sent to you just email me.

Thank you,

Lt. Ginger Gilmore #316
Office of Professional Conduct
Wichita Falls Police Department
(940) 761-7723

From: Alexander Cartwright and Jennifer Dirmeyer

Thank you.

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