Cook County, IL Sheriff Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Cook County Sheriff of Cook County, IL.


From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Persuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1 to 11), 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, 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: CCSO FOIAOfficer (Sheriff)

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

What is a good phone number that you can be reached at to discuss your FOIA request. Thank you for your consideration!

From: CCSO FOIAOfficer (Sheriff)

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

Thank you for contacting the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (“CCSO”) pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq. (2010).

On January 4, 2013 the CCSO received your FOIA request regarding “aerial drones”. Also, Frank Bilecki, Cook County Sheriff’s Director of Communications spoke with you regarding your request. As he explained, the CCSO is still in the preliminary stages of researching this issue. As such, the CCSO, at this time, maintains its position that this preliminary research is exempt from disclosure pursuant to 5 ILCS 140/7(1)(f).

In the event that you believe that your FOIA request was not addressed accordingly, you have a right to have the denial portion of your request reviewed by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General: Public Access Counselor, Office of the Attorney General at 500 South 2nd Street Springfield, Illinois 62706.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions regarding this matter.


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