Dear Chief Nisleit,
I am writing on behalf of the University of California Davis Violence Prevention Research Program
(VPRP) and UC Firearm Violence Research Center (UCFC) to request San Diego Police Department
(SDPD) police and incident report records as part of an early stage evaluation of California's Gun Violence Prevention Order (GVRO) law. I spoke with your records department supervisor regarding the process of submitting a direct request for SDPD incident data, who referred me to contact you directly.
CA DOJ has provided VPRP with case information on all GVROs issued to date as archived in the California Restraining and Protective Order System (CARPOS). VPRP is requesting data on all SDPD incidents occurring between 2012 through 2015 involving threats of self-harm and threats of other-directed harm, particularly when a firearm is involved, for scholarly purposes (CA Government Code §6254(±) Sections 1 and 3). Our goal is to compare violence-related outcomes among people who were issued a GVRO with people who would have been issued a GYRO, had the law been in effect. To identify this comparison group, we are hoping to use incident report data to identify people who match the GVRO cases on a number of relevant measures ( such as reason for initial police contact). This will allow us to provide the first quantitative assessment of the effectiveness of the GVRO law in San Diego at reducing firearm violence.
Data provided by SDPD will be used solely for research and statistical activities, and any research products, reports, and publications will protect the confidentiality of individuals associated with SDPD court records. VPRP has over 25 years of experience working with confidential criminal history data provided by state agencies including the CA DOJ, and as the first state-funded firearm research center, UCFC has statutory access to these data (Penal Codes§ 13202 and§ 1423).
The Principal Investigator of this study is Dr. Garen Wintemute, and the project is under review by the UC Davis Institutional Review Board (IRB). We would not expect to receive the data until IRB approval has been granted.
As GVROs are issued in cases involving threats of harm to oneself or others and firearm access, we are requesting all similar SDPD types occurring from 2012 through 2015. We would like to consult with the SDPD regarding the identification of incident types related to threats of harm or other-directed harm, particularly those involving a firearm.
From each police and incident record involving these incident types, we are requesting the following information:
2. full name of suspect or arrestee,
3. DOB of suspect or arrestee,
4. California Driver's License Number
5. Criminal Investigation and Identification Number
6. address of incident,
7. date of incident,
8. incident type, &
9. narrative of incident
Thank you for your time and attention.