Was GPD Officer’s Domestic Violence Incident Handled Properly?

On May 17 2017, Geneva Police responded to a domestic violence incident involving a Geneva Police officer and his female victim.

On December 2 2017, the Geneva Police Department told Geneva Believer that they sent the domestic incident report to the New York State Police for investigation.

2 days later, The New York State Police told Geneva Believer that they did not have the report.

Is Geneva Police Chief Jeff Trickler properly addressing a domestic violence incident involving one of his own officers?

THE FOIL REQUESTS

Geneva Believer filed three Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests in October 2017, asking for any information related to the incident. The FOIL requests were sent to:

  1. ONTARIO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF RECORDS
  2. CITY OF GENEVA
  3. NEW YORK STATE POLICE

THE FOIL RESPONSES

  • ONTARIO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF RECORDS

On October 31 2017, the Ontario County Dept. of Records, Archives and Information Management Services responded to the FOIL request, stating that the Sheriff’s Records Office reported that no record of the incident was found.

After Geneva Believer replied to Ontario County, letting them know that the record in question would be in the possession of the District Attorney’s Office and not the Sheriff’s Office, the representative responded on November 1 2017, stating:

I have contacted the DA and they report they do not have a copy of this record in the office. You may wish to try the State Police.

>>Click here to view Ontario County’s FOIL response<<

  • CITY OF GENEVA

On December 5 2017, a representative of the Geneva Police Department responded, stating:

Attached please find the records related to your FOIL request. If you wish to file an appeal regarding the records, please submit to the City Attorney’s Office. Also, be advised this complaint in question was turned over to the New York State Police for investigation.

The first page of the City of Geneva’s FOIL response stated that some records had been withheld, with explanations of why parts of the request had been denied.

The final three pages are a heavily redacted copy of the domestic violence incident report for a domestic violence incident involving a Geneva Police officer and his female victim on May 17 2017.

*Geneva Believer has removed the age and race of the victim, the name, age and race of the suspect, the names of the responding officers, and the address and time of day of the incident. This information has been removed in order to best protect the privacy of the individuals involved.*

>>Click here to view the City of Geneva’s FOIL response<<

  • NEW YORK STATE POLICE

On December 7 2017, the New York State Police responded to the FOIL request, stating:

“Please be advised that a diligent search of our files failed to locate any records responsive to your request. This agency maintains only those records associated with New York State Police arrests and investigations; we do not maintain records of other police agencies in New York State.”

>>Click here to view the New York State Police’s FOIL response<<

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

If the report was sent to the State Police as the Geneva Police claimed, it’s possible that the State Police simply overlooked the report while searching their records in response to the FOIL request.

It is possible that the New York State Police withheld the report and forgot to cite their specific reasons for denying the request in the FOIL response letter.

It’s also possible that the Geneva Police sent the report by postal mail, and it hadn’t been received yet by the New York State Police.

Geneva Police Chief Jeff Trickler

But the people of Geneva need to know that the GPD hasn’t mishandled a domestic incident involving one of their own officers. The Geneva Police Department has faced hard questions in the recent past about their response to domestic violence incidents.

Call for an Investigation

Concerned readers should contact not only their Geneva City Councilors, but also the Ontario County District Attorney, the New York State Attorney General’s Public Integrity Bureau, the New York State Police, and media outlets.

Give them the link to this blog, and let them know there needs to be an investigation into the both the domestic incident and the conflicting information being offered by law enforcement.

And please share this article with everyone you know.


If you or someone you know needs help with domestic abuse, please contact Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes.

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