Taser and Body Camera Use and Data Retention Policies

Mike Davis filed this request with the Austin Police Department of Austin, TX.
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From: Mike Davis

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

This FOIA request seeks any offical policy provided to law enforcement personelle for the use, deployment and maintenance of body camera footage as well as non-lethal weapons usage and deployment logs (audit trail and media).

While we fully expect there to be written policy on record, your department may use a "taser" or "axon" branded system which has the following configuration settings which we also request
as this effectively embodies policy in configuration form:
Pre-Event Buffering
Quality Settings
Camera Audio Recording:
Stealth and Indicator Lights
Recording Status with Front Camera Light
Bookmark While Recording
Toggle Camera Audio Recording
Pre-Event Mode Buffering Audio Recording
Axon Signal
Axon View Pairing
Offline Configuration

In the event that a different camera and or non-lethal weapons audit management system is in use, this request is for a sanitized version of thats systems configuration.

I am requesting a waiver of all fees under 5 U.S.C. Section 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). The information I seek is in the public interest because it will contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in my commercial interest.

I believe I meet the criteria for a fee waiver recognized by the U.S. Justice Department - in its policy guidance of April 1987 - and by the federal courts, See Project on Military Procurement v. Department of the Navy, 710 F. Supp. 362 363, 365 (D.C.D. 1989).

Also, the information sought has informative value, or potential for contribution to public understanding. Please note the decision in Elizabeth Eudey v. Central Intelligence Agency, 478 F. Supp. 1175 1176 (D.C.D. 1979) (even a single document has the potential for contributing to public understanding). I plan to disseminate this information to the public at large though muckrock.com and other open sourced

This request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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.


Mike Davis

From: Austin Police Department

From: Gonzales, Brittany
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 6:57 AM
To: 'requests@muckrock.com' <requests@muckrock.com>
Subject: ORR#4-05501, Austin Police records; Taser and Body camera use and data retention

Good morning Mr.Davis,

This email is in response to your open records request received by the Austin Police Department. Attached is your response. Thank you.

Brittany Gonzales
Administrative Specialist
Austin Police Department
Open Records
Email: Brittany.Gonzales@austintexas.gov<mailto:Brittany.Gonzales@austintexas.gov>

  • Austin PD Taser Device Guidelines General Order Issued 4-24-2018

  • Austin PD Control Devices and Techniques General Order Issued 4-24-2018

  • Austin PD Body Worn Camera General Order Issued 4-24-2018

From: Austin Police Department

Mr. Davis,
I have a power point that is also in response to your request. it will not send in the email as it is too large. I will have to send this in the mail on a disc. It will be mailed out today. Thank you.

Brittany Gonzales
Administrative Specialist
Austin Police Department
Open Records
Email: Brittany.Gonzales@austintexas.gov

From: Austin Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.