Thursday, April 24, 2014

FOI Request

Boston, MA Police Drone Documents

Requested by DroneWatch on June 12, 2012 for the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA and fufilled on June 12, 2012

Status: No Responsive Documents

From Drone Watch on June 12, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act, G.L.M. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

*A copy of any leasing agreements, purchasing orders or other written documentation regarding the usage, possession, or potential or actual acquisition of unmanned aerial vehicles ("drones") by this department.

* A copy of any plans, reports, e-mails or other studies done regarding obtaining a drone.

* Any RFPs, RFCs or other proposal documents created requesting bids or information from vendors to sell, lease or otherwise offer drones to this department, as well as grant applications made from this department to other agencies or entities for funds to purchase, lease or otherwise obtain or investigative the feasibility of drones.

* Any documentation that outlines specific proposals or plans for how the department would use unmanned vehicles, such as for surveillance, search and rescue operations, or disaster relief.

* Any department policies, guidelines, or instructions on the department use of drones, including the legal process required.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Michael Morisy

From MediaRelations <> to Drone Watch on June 12, 2012:

We do not use drones.

From Drone Watch to Boston Police Department <> on June 12, 2012:

Thanks for the quick response. And there's been no planning documents, studies, etc. done regarding possible usage?

From MediaRelations <> to Drone Watch on June 12, 2012:


From "Guilfoil, John" <> to Drone Watch on June 12, 2012:

The Press Office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino is not the custodian of records for the subject matter you are seeking. We refer you to Boston Police.

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