IPRA FOIA: Data from December 2014

CJP is seeking access to all the digital data held by IPRA related to all complaints filed against officers for the month of January 2013.

IPRA DoorOn Oct. 10, 2014 CJP filed a FOIA request with IPRA seeking all data held by IPRA related tocomplaints filed in the month of January 2013.  We have spent many weeks going back and forth with IPRA about this FOIA request.  We have been going back and forth regarding accessing their data.

IPRA originally told us that they only captured three specific fields including the complaint registry number, officer’s first and last names. When we asked IPRA to print us a screen shot to confirm that they only capture those fields and then was told that they capture more then just those fields.  We then asked IPRA to detail the fields they capture.  They sent us a list of the fields they capture: The list is detailed below.

On Dec. 3, 2014 CJP filed a new FOIA request asking for all the data in the fields they detailed in their response for all the complaints against officers IPRA received for the month of January 2013.

As of December 29, 2013 we are waiting for a formal response to this new request.

Update: January 9th

In a phone conversation with IPRA’s PR/FOIA Officer Larry Merritt and a unnamed tech from IPRA. In this conversation we were informed that while IPRA has the ability to enter data into the database they use (the CPD’s CLEAR database) they do not have the ability to export data from the system. This translates in reality to the fact that IPRA really does not maintain their data but are reliant on the CPD’s ability to maintain the database and data.  We informed IPRA that they now need to formally respond on paper or through email to our FOIA request and then CJP will take the necessary steps to follow up.

As of February 21, 2015 IPRA has failed to file the necessary response to our FOIA. Even after a phone conversation with the PR person from IPRA they still have not send a response of any kind closing out our FOIA request through an admission that they do not maintain their own data.

As of March 23, 2015 IPRA has failed to file the necessary response to our FOIA.

Update March 27, 2015: An IPRA lawyer called CJP to inform us that IPRA has limited access rights in the CPD CLEAR database where their data is stored. IPRA technologists are indeed working trying to extract the data we are requesting but it is going to take an extended period of time before they have a data set that is responsive to our request.

List of Fields Detailed By IPRA:

  • Category
  • Subcategory
  • Situation
  • Victim/Offender Armed?
  • Weapon Type
  • eapon Other
  • Weapon Recovered
  • Deceased
  • Acused Overall Finding
  • Recommended Penalty
  • No. of Days
  • Date/Time Served
  • Created Date
  • No. of Pages
  • Narrative
  • Original in File
  • Entered By
  • Entered Date/Time
  • Status
  • Approve Content
  • Approve Inclusion
  • Review
  • Name
  • Status
  • No.
  • Type
  • Related Person
Author: Tracy SiskaTracy Siska is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project.
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