Gaston County, NC Police Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Gaston County Police Department of Gaston County, NC.
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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Persuant to North Carolina Public Records Law (G.S. §§ 132-1 through 132-10), I herby request the following documents:

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 MuckRock.com, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Records

The Gaston County Police Department purchased a drone approximately 10 years ago. It was used on a very limited basis initially, I believe primarily for training and exhibition but has not been operational in many years. There are no plans to have it operational again or to purchase another item of its type.

laura

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Thank you for this information. In keeping with the records request previously submitted, I would like to request documents related to the purchase of the drone, including any bills of sale, contracts, sales quotes, calls for proposals, cost approval memos, etc.

If GCPD created any policy documents related to using drones, I request those as well. These might include operations manuals, a written policy for operating UAV/UAS/drones, etc.

Finally, I request a copy of GCPD's flight log for the drone.

Thank you for your help and assistance with this request.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Gaston County Police Department

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Gaston County Police Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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