Baltimore County, MD Police Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Baltimore County Police Department of Baltimore County, MD.
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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Maryland's Public Information Act ("PIA"), I herby request the following records:

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase, research of and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on institutional 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 institution's use of and/or research 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, 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 30 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Shawn Vinson

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 2278
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA. 02205-5819

December 17, 2012

Sent via E-mail only

Dear Mr. Musgrave,
The Baltimore County Police Department has received your request for documents relating to the purchase, research, use, etc. of aerial drones.
I have conducted research for any such documents in the Police Department's possession. As of the date of this response, the Baltimore County Police Department does not have any records which are responsive to your request.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me at

Trusting this is satisfactory, I will consider your request completed unless notified otherwise.

Please note, this is not a denial letter under the Maryland Public Information Act.

Thank you,

Shawn Vinson

Officer Shawn Vinson
Legal Section
Baltimore County Police Department


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