FOIA: OEMC Data Update

UpdateThis is CJP’s every six month update to our data warehouse of call level data related to police call for service data. This data is created whenever a person places a call to 911 seeking to request police services. This data is colloquial know in the justice world as police call for service data.

We have been engaged with the Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC) since 2016 trying to open their data. Our data warehouse now has call for service data from OEMC dating back to mid 2011. We won access to this data through a settlement with OEMC in Cook County Circuit Court.

We have obtained data on millions of additional calls for police service from the Chicago Police Department who maintains historical data from OEMC dating back to 1999. We are still fighting the CPD in court as the amount of calls turned over to us in the 18 years we requested from them has ranged from as little as 13% of what is listed in their annual report to almost 190% of what was listed. Much work remains to get a cohesive and legitimate data set from the CPD.

This request is one we file every six months to get an update on the latest data that OEMC has generated related to 911 calls.

Here is the text of our FOIA:

7/10/20 – In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act please provide the following records:

A. All call for police service data for the time frame of 1/1/20 – 6/30/20. Please make sure to include all data fields listed in the attached document including the following: 

  • Cross Type Flag
  • Disperid
  • Descr
  • EntryPersid
  • Location- location of event
  • Location-deployment location
  • Location- callerlocation
  • LocHiCross
  • OnsDate *
  • Place Name
  • Radio
  • Segmentld
  • Text
  • UnitClass
  • UpdPersid
  • UpdWksName
  • Use
  • XCoord
  • YCoord
  • Vehicle
  • Ward
  • ZipCode

For the fields of LocHouseNumber & CallerLocHouseNumber please reduce the addresses to the hundred block – so a address of 2004 w Roscoe would be reduced to 2000 W. Roscoe.

Please contact us about fulfilling this FOIA or with any questions you might have by responding to this email. 

Tracy Siska

Updates

8/3 – August 3, 2020  

RE: FOIA Request #F201547-071020 – PENDING 08/10

Tracy Siska

CHICAGO JUSTICE PROJECT

 tsiska@chicagojustice.org 

Dear Tracy Siska: On behalf of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), I am responding to your Freedom of Information (FOIA) request that our office received on July 10, 2020, wherein you requested the following information: “In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act please provide the following records:

A. All call for police service data for the time frame of 1/1/20 – 6/30/20. Please make sure to include all data fields listed in the attached document including the following:

Cross Type Flag
Disperid
Descr
EntryPersid
Location- location of event
Location-deployment location
Location- callerlocation
LocHiCross
OnsDate *
Place Name
Radio
Segmentld
Text
UnitClass
UpdPersid
UpdWksName
Use
XCoord
YCoord
Vehicle
Ward
ZipCode

For the fields of LocHouseNumber & CallerLocHouseNumber please reduce the addresses to the hundred block – so a address of 2004 w Roscoe would be reduced to 2000 W. Roscoe.

Please contact us about fulfilling this FOIA or with any questions you might have by responding to this email.

Tracy Siska”
  At this time, we are seeking an extension of five (5) additional working days for one or more of the following reasons:  

( )           The requested records are stored in whole or in part at other locations than the office having charge of the requested records;

( )           The requested records require the collection of a substantial number of specified records;

( )           The request is couched in categorical terms and requires an extensive search for the records responsive to it;

(x)           The requested records have not been located in the course of routine search and additional efforts are being made to locate them;

( )           The requested records require examination and evaluation by personnel having the necessary competence and discretion to determine if they are exempt from disclosure or should be revealed only with appropriate deletions;

( )           The request for records cannot be complied with by the public body within the time limits prescribed by the Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/3(c), without unduly burdening or interfering with the operations of the public body;

(x)           There is a need for consultation, which shall be conducted with all practicable speed, with another public body or among two or more components of any public body having a substantial interest in the determination or in the subject matter of the request.

Please be aware that the foregoing reason(s) for additional time are found in the Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/3(d). Sincerely, A. Martin – OEMC FOIAFreedom of Information OfficerOffice of Emergency Management & Communications312-746-9403

Author: Tracy Siska

Tracy Siska is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project.

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