Dear Oakland Police Commission,
I am the founder of Raheem, an independent service for reporting police conduct in the United States. We believe that making the behavior of the police visible in the form of meaningful data—especially as it impacts communities of color—will lead to systemic changes and ultimately a world where we all feel safe to live and love freely.
Raheem is a non-profit funded by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance of the Obama Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Luminate, a philanthropic organization founded by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay.
This letter serves as a records request. This request is for non-commercial purposes. If needed, we can modify our request based on your agency’s technological and/or personnel limitations.
A detailed list of the requested data elements is provided below. Please note that we are requesting individual-level data in digital form (excel, svs, vector PDF, etc.) from 2009-2018. Please provide codebooks/data dictionaries for all data requested.
We realize requests of this nature may incur a fee and would appreciate speaking with someone in your department about projected costs prior to the request being fulfilled. Please consider this our best case scenario list, as we realize not all points may be fulfilled through this request. We are happy to discuss this further.
Raheem requests individual-level data for the following data elements regarding all arrests between January 1st, 2009 and December 31st, 2018:
- Arrest number or ORI
- Arrestee’s name
- Arrestee’s DOB
- Arrestee’s race
- Arrestee’s sex
- Offense date
- Arrest date
- Location of arrest (e.g. address, block, or centroid XY coordinates)
- Arresting charge description
- Arresting charge severity
- Arraignment date
- Case referred to prosecutor (Y/N)
- Date referred to prosecutor
Raheem also requests the following information on an individual basis for the years 2009-2018.
Citation Level: (excludes non-criminal traffic infractions, and violation of local and county ordinances)
- Citation number or ORI
- Citation date
- Location where citation was given out (e.g. address, block, or centroid XY coordinates)
- Charge description
- Charge severity
- Fine amount (if applicable)
- Fine payment (Y/N)
- Fine payment date
Raheem also requests the following information on an annual basis for the calendar years 2009-2018.
- Number of full-time sworn law enforcement officers
- Annual agency budget