We replicated the FOIA we sent to IPRA regarding accessing digital stored data related to complaints against officers for a single month.

On Monday January 12th, CJP filed a FOIA request with the Chicago Police Department seeking all data held maintained by the CPD related to complaints filed against officers to the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) in the month of January 2013.  We originally field this request with IPRA in November of 2014. After weeks of going back and forth with IPRA’s PR/FOIA officer it became clear that IPRA does not maintain their own data but instead enter it in to the CPD’s CLEAR database and then the data is maintained by the CPD.  Thus, we have sent a request exactly like the earlier request to IPRA to the CPD.

As of Saturday 2/21 (about 6 weeks since we filed this FOIA request) we have yet to receive any response from the CPD to our request data Jan 12, 2015.

Update: April 3, 2015 – A call to the Chicago Police Department uncovers that their FOIA department cannot locate my request that is now 9 days away from being 3 months old.

Updated Update:  April 3, 2015 – CJP now admits they receive our FOIA but they did nothing with it and believe it to be lost even though it is in their system. Our request has now been printed and forwarded to the Internal Affairs Division. Not sure why because IAD does not maintain the CPD’s databases.

Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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