Taser and Body Camera Use and Data Retention Policies

Mike Davis filed this request with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department of Charlotte, NC.
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From: Mike Davis


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the North Carolina Public Records Law, 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
Watermark
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
publications.

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.

Sincerely,

Mike Davis

From: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Dear Mr. Davis:

This office is in receipt of your request. We are in the process of reviewing your request, and we will comply in accordance with N.C.G.S. 132-1.4 and N.C.G.S. 160A-168.

Sincerely,

Shannon T. Dixon
Police Paralegal
601 E. Trade St.
Charlotte NC 28202
Shannon.Dixon @cmpd.org

From: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Dear Mr. Davis,

In regards to your attached request for Taser/Body Camera Use and data retention policies, are you asking for the specifications that the City of Charlotte used to bid these out?

Sincerely,

Shannon T. Dixon
Police Paralegal
601 E. Trade St.
Charlotte NC 28202
Shannon.Dixon @cmpd.org

From: Mike Davis

Hi, I appreciate the followup, The data retention policies are not something that would have been negotiated necessarily but may be part of your agreement with evidence.com. however this should simply be a configuration setting in the evidence.com configuration page.

separately, this information may exist as departmental policy which would then be expected to be implemented in the configuration of any BWC, body camera or Tazer/electroshock weapon audit log.

thanks so much for your time!

-mike

From: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Lieutenant Brad Koch
Office of the Chief
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
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From: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Mike,
Good afternoon! I have attached the documents pertaining to your public records request. I have included your initial request at the bottom. We do not maintain any of the other information you are asking for.
Due to the size of the files, I need to send these in 3 separate emails
Brad

April 17, 2018
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the North Carolina Public Records Law, 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
Watermark
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<http://muckrock.com> and other open sourced
publications.
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.
Sincerely,
Mike Davis

Lieutenant Brad Koch
Office of the Chief
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
p. 704-231-3845 | www.cmpd.org<http://www.cmpd.org/>
CMPD Newsroom<http://charlottenc.gov/CMPD/Pages/Newsroom.aspx>

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From: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Lieutenant Brad Koch
Office of the Chief
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
p. 704-231-3845 | www.cmpd.org<http://www.cmpd.org/>
CMPD Newsroom<http://charlottenc.gov/CMPD/Pages/Newsroom.aspx>

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