Drone proposals and policies

Katherine Fink filed this request with the Georgia Department of Public Safety of Georgia.

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From: Katherine Fink

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Act, 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.

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Katherine Fink

From: Open Records

Good Afternoon Ms. Fink,

This is in response to your Open Records Request Related to Drones:

DPS currently has two drones:

The DJI Phantom 3 Pro (SCRTB) and the DJI Inspire 1 (SCRTC). Both are currently in a familiarization/training phase as we self-certify our pilots and are currently not in public use.

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") See attached
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. Policy currently being drafted
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. Once employed - Primarily used for Collision Scene Photography, Assist with missing persons searches etc.
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. Currently being drafted / Current Open Records Policies would apply.
c. The altitude at which drones can or do fly - Below 400 feet per FAA 14 CFR 107 See part 107 summary attached
d. Drones' ability to carry weapons - None - Payload capacities of current equipment is designed for cameras only.
Thanks,

Felecia
Open Records Department.

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