Request #17-615
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To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), 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 your annual reports for 2015 and 2014. Could you please provide these reports for years 2007-2014 and 2016-2017? If so, you can ignore items 1 and 2 of our request.

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 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



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August 17, 2017 via web


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David Ellison

Request Published Public
October 29, 2017, 2:09pm
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With regard to numbers 1-3 of your request, we have released all responsive documents. You can find reports from 2013-2015 in the link released to you from a prior APRA request that was handled by the City. Please be advised that there are no annual reports prior to 2011. In addition, please be advised there is no annual report for 2017.

 

Please note that the City is not required to reorganize, consolidate, or compile data not maintained by the City in the form requested. See R.I.G.L. 38-2-3(h).

 

With regard to number 4 of your request, the Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), R.I.G.L. § 38-2-1 et seq., pertains to requests for documents.  This portion of your request is seeking information/answers relative to a non-document inquiry.

 

In accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-8, you may wish to appeal this decision to the Chief Administrative Officer. In this instance, Steven M. Paré, Commissioner of Public Safety, fulfills that role. You may also wish to file a complaint with the Department of the Attorney General or the Rhode Island Superior Court.

September 29, 2017, 2:09pm
Document(s) Released Public
https://providenceri.nextrequest.com/requests/16-119
End of Year 2010.pdf
End of Year 2011.pdf
End of Year 2012.pdf
End of Year 2016.pdf
September 29, 2017, 2:09pm
Department Assignment Public
Police Department
August 17, 2017, 2:19pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
August 17, 2017, 2:19pm