ProPublica: Hate crimes data

Ken Schwencke filed this request with the Wilmington Police Department of Wilmington, DE.
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From: Ken Schwencke


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Delaware's Freedom of Information Act, 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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ken Schwencke

From: Riemann, Matthew (CJ)

See attached.

Cpl. Matt Riemann
R.T.C.C./Technology Division
Wilmington Police Department
300 N. Walnut St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
Cell: (302) 383-0130
Office: (302) 576-3684

From: Ken Schwencke

Cpl. Riemann,

Thanks so much for your prompt response. It appears this list is missing information before 2014, where the Wilmington Police Department reported at least 7 hate crimes to the UCR. Is there a reason those were left out of this list?

Appreciate the help,
Ken Schwencke
ProPublica
w: 917-512-0253
c: 561-756-6135

From: Riemann, Matthew (CJ)

Ken,

Apparently the system I pulled the data from did not incorporate data prior to 2014. I was not aware of that, so I apologize for the confusion. When I return to work on Monday, I will attempt to locate the information you need for the other reports or I will point you in the right direction of who would have that information.

Thank you.

From: Ken Schwencke

Ah, that makes sense. Appreciate the help.

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

From: Riemann, Matthew (CJ)

Ken,

I had someone pull the information from another system that includes data from the time period you specified. It does not, however, include the location. Otherwise, I believe this will satisfy your request.

Thank you sir.

Cpl. Matt Riemann
R.T.C.C./Technology Division
Wilmington Police Department
300 N. Walnut St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
Cell: (302) 383-0130
Office: (302) 576-3684

From: Ken Schwencke

Cpl. Riemann,

That'll do it. Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Ken Schwencke

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