Berkeley, CA Police Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Berkeley Police Department of Berkeley, CA.
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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)), I hereby 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 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.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: BPD Webmail

How to make a Public Records Act Request

A public records request for information from the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) in **person, send a request by US mail or by Fax. You will want to include the following information to ensure the scope of the request is understood and clear enough for personnel to determine if we have the records you are requesting.

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Prompt access to public records is required by the CPRA (Government Code 6253). The 10 - day period mentioned in the act is not a legal deadline for producing records. The 10-days allows the agency to review records, if it is not clear that they are public records. As soon as a determination is made, it will be at that time the records shall be released.
The rights under the CPRA provide for the inspection of public records or to obtain copies of identifiable records, it does not compel the agency to create lists or reports in response to the request.
Under Government Code 6253(b), Agencies may charge for the "direct costs" for providing copies of an identifiable record.

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From: Berkeley Police Department

Hi Mr. Shawn Musgrave,

We received a fax today regarding a follow-up to a request for records concerning drones. Who did you send the original request to?

Thank you,
Carl

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Carl B. Lagandaon
Berkeley Police Department
Support Services Unit
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)), I hereby 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 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.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Drone Watch

Mr. Lagandaon:

Thank you for your response. This request was originally faxed to the Berkeley Police Department on November 26, 2012. Original request reprinted below.

Thanks,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

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From Drone Watch on Nov. 26, 2012:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)), I hereby 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 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.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Lagandaon, Carl B.

Hi Mr. Musgrave,

To which fax number did you send the original request to on November 26, 2012?

From: Drone Watch

Mr. Lagandaon,

The request was originally sent to jkcollignon@ci.berkeley.ca.us and cc'd to police@cityofberkeley.info.

Thank you,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 26, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 26, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 26, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 26, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 26, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Drone Watch

Mr. Lagandaon,

I have not heard any response on this records request for a couple of months. Please confirm when I can expect to hear about responsive documents.

Best,
Shawn

From: Berkeley Police Department

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Berkeley Police Department

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Embry, Pamela

Mr. Musgrave,

Attached is the City's response to your Public Records Act (PRA) request for information related to aerial drones. Please let me know if you are unable to open the attachments and I will make arrangements to send the information to you via other means.

Please note that due to the size of the files it will take several e-mails to transmit the records electronically.

From: Embry, Pamela

Mr. Musgrave,

This is the second of three e-mails transmitting documents responsive to your request.

From: Embry, Pamela

Mr. Musgrave,

I was unable to send the final e-mail transmitting an audio of the Police Review Commission's meeting on February 13, 2013, due to the size of the file. Therefore, I will send the information to you via regular mail. Please let me know if you had any difficulties viewing the other documents.

Thank you for your patience.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 26, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Embry, Pamela

Mr. Musgrave,

I sent the responsive documents via e-mail and the audio CD via U.S. mail on May 1. Did you receive the e-mails and the CD?

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