Drone proposals and policies

Katherine Fink filed this request with the Connecticut State Police of Connecticut.


From: Katherine Fink

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 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 the use of drones by police, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;
3. any departmental records concerning the 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 possible and pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-212(d), fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest and not made for commercial gain. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press and made available to the public at MuckRock.com.

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 4 business days, as the statute requires.


Katherine Fink

From: Connecticut State Police

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Ainsworth, Janet

In order to better facilitiate communications regarding this request, I ask that you use our file number, which was provided to you with our acknowledgement letter. The request is still being processed. We will let you know when the records are available.

Janet K. Ainsworth
Staff Attorney 3/Ethics Liaison
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
(voice) 860-685-8150
(fax) 860-685-8611

From: Katherine Fink

Hello--I would like to follow up on my FOIA request #16-904, originally filed 9/25/2016. Do you have an update on when this information will be available?

From: Ainsworth, Janet

The file has been reassigned to Attorney Alison Rau. I will let her respond.

Janet K. Ainsworth
Staff Attorney 3/Ethics Liaison
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
(voice) 860-685-8150
(fax) 860-685-8611

From: Connecticut State Police

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Rau, Alison

Dear Ms. Fink,

With regard to your FOIA request #16-904, our records indicate that a mailed response was sent on February 17, 2017, so you should be receiving a responsive document shortly.


Alison A. Rau, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Legal Affairs Unit
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 685-8215
Fax: (860) 685-8611

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