Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Surveillance Flights

Working Narratives filed this request with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department of Charlotte, NC.
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From: Nick Szuberla

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to North Carolina Public Records Law (G.S. ยงยง 132-1 through 132-10), I hereby request the following documents:

1. All contracts, agreements, and communications with NG Research, Persistent Surveillance Systems, and other private companies to conduct surveillance or monitoring flights over the state of North Carolina or to operate surveillance or monitoring equipment installed on aircraft conducting such flights, or to store, analyze, or transmit data or information collected during such flights;

2. All records listing, logging, or describing surveillance or monitoring flights over the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area;

3. All records regarding surveillance or monitoring equipment carried on such flights, including its capabilities and description of the data gathered by it; and

4. All records regarding any proposal, approval, or authorization to conduct or engage others to conduct surveillance or monitoring flights over the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Nick Szuberla

From: Emken, Judy

To whom it may concern,

CMPD has helicopters that conduct criminal investigations which may involve surveillance by the pilots. Such information would be confidential under NC state law as criminal intelligence or criminal investigative material.

CMPD has no monitoring equipment or flight equipment of the nature that you are referring to.

Thank you for your interest in the CMPD.


Judith C. Emken
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Senior Assistant City Attorney
600 East Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 353-1062


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