|Submitted||July 6, 2012|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request all records (including, but not limited to, electronic records) maintained by this department and its officers, employees, and agents discussing, concerning, or reflecting:
1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);
2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;
3. any departmental records concerning this department’s use of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:
a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;
b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use of drones, including retention times;
c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;
d. drones’ ability to carry weapons.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Dear michael morisy,
Welcome to the City of Arlington Open Records Center. We have received your Open Records Request.
The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. The request must ask for records or information already in existence. The governmental body will try to complete the request as soon as possible with notification if the request will require more than 10 business days to complete. The governmental body may collect a fee as prescribed by law or regulation for the requested documents. If a fee is not prescribed by law or regulation, the fee shall be the actual cost of duplicating the record(s).
You can monitor the progress of this issue at the link below and you'll receive an email when your request has been completed. Again, thank you for using the Open Records Center.
The City of Arlington
Track the issue status and respond at: http://mygovhelp.org/ARLINGTONTX//_cs/RequestEdit.aspx?rid=8325
ARLINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT RECORDS DIVISION
620 WEST DIVISION STREET ARLINGTON, TX 76004-3231
Dept MR 1439
RE: Public Records Request for sUAS
In Response to your Public Information Request received on 7/6/2012, your records are ready to be released upon receipt of payment.
Only partial release of your record request is available at this time pending a decision from the Attorney General. If any additional information is releasable you will be notified.
made payable to $22.80 for the cost of your records. "City of Arlington"
Jim Roach Arlington Police Department
Records Division/ Mail Stop 04-0100
P.O. Box 90231
Arlington, Texas 76004-3231
The Arlington Police Department Records Division is open
Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
We are closed on Fridays If I can be of further assistance, please contact me.
Under the Texas Public Information Act you have the right to request access for inspection or copies of the requested records. Failure to make arrangements for inspection or payment for copies by the 30th day after notice of their availability will result in the closure of your request.
W008325-070912**DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL AS IT WILL NOT BE RECEIVED**
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To Whom It May Concern:
Enclosed is our check for $22.80 to pay for the public records request attached below.
Thanks for your help,
Dear michael morisy,
Your public information request to the City of Arlington, received 7/6/2012, has been referred to me for response. Attached is the only releasable record responsive to your request. The other submitted document have been ruled confidential by law under the Government Code and must be withheld. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this matter.