October 11, 2016
Oct. 11, 2016
To Whom It May Concern:
Under the California Public Records Act § 6250 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of any and all public records dating from January 2010 to October 2016 that have anything to do with the following listed concerns regarding the San Diego Police Department. None of the information requested should be personally identifying and this request does not involve personally identifying information, but rather should provide me with generalized data and copies of otherwise non-personal information such as policies, budgets, etc.
These public records may include material in text, e-text, video, audio, and any other form of communication on the requested materials. Personal identifying data, such as name and address of community member and/or police officer(s) involved may be redacted and the remaining information will still be useful for me.
If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $100.00 total. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of law enforcement training and education on race and racism and related concepts. This information will be used for research and community service purposes.
The California Public Records Act requires a response within ten business days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.
Thank you for processing my request.
Sincerely, Karen S. Glover, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096
email@example.com (preferred contact)
I am requesting any and all available public information about the following as it pertains to the San Diego Police Department, since 2010 and to the date of this request. None of the information requested should be personally identifying and this request does not involve personally identifying information, but rather should provide me with generalized data and copies of otherwise non-personal information such as policies, budgets, etc.
1) Federal and/or state consent decrees applied.
2) Demographics of police personnel, by rank.
3) Budget information on training and education.
4) Data on “specialized training” that is in addition to POST training, such as programs that offer military-style training (such as, but not limited to, those offered by Calibre Press) and/or de-escalation style training.
5) Use-of-force and type-of-force rates, with geographic space (ex. neighborhoods, zip codes, etc.), and demographic information of officers and community members involved.
6) Citizen/Community Review Board data, including CBR policies, public data on findings, including demographics and geographic space, and demographics of board members.
7) Deployment data of officer personnel/resources in terms of geographic space (ex. neighborhoods, zip codes, etc.)
8) Crime rate data across geographic space (ex. neighborhoods, zip codes, etc.)
9) Data on established, formal liaison procedures between the department and local level government.
10) Data on “early intervention” programs established to inform higher ranking personnel about policy infraction and other misconduct among officers.
11) Data on policy development procedures, and whether and how they include community input.
12) Data on the use of independent prosecutors for police misconduct investigations.
13) Data on established practices, both formal and informal, to get feedback from the community on support for the police.
14) Body camera policies.
15) Lawsuit data against the department regarding police misconduct.
16) Data on a “police auditor” and/or Inspector General office.
17) Data on formal, internal evaluations of police.
18) Internal Affairs (or similar) data, including policies.
19) Police Union data, including policies.
20) Traffic stop data, including demographics and geographic space information.
21) Use of citation data (what infractions lead to citations…), such as by frequency, demographics, and geographic space information.
22) Data on use of research and/or researchers to inform police practice.