Friday, April 25, 2014
 

FOI Request

Georgia Tech Police Department, OEP Drone Documents

Requested by DroneWatch on Oct. 16, 2012 for the Georgia Institute of Technology Police Department, Office of Emergency Preparedness of Georgia and fufilled on Oct. 19, 2012

Status: Completed


From Drone Watch on Oct. 16, 2012:

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 and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department 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 department’s use 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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

 
From Georgia Tech Media Relations & Issues Management on Oct. 19, 2012:

Mr: Musgrave:

I received your Open Records Act request addressed to Andy Altizer at the Georgia Tech Police Department to review GIT documents on October 16, 2012. After reviewing your request, it has been determined that documents that you requested are subject to release under the Open Records Act. You requested, “Any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”), any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department use of drones, including on the legal process required, if any, before operating a drone, and any departmental records concerning this department’s use 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; and d. drones’ ability to carry weapons”.
The documents that you requested are attached. As provided by O.C.G.A. §50-18-71, Georgia Tech may charge for retrieval and copying costs. Since the first 15 minutes are free and it took less than 15 minutes to respond to your request, there is no charge at this time.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best Regards,

Matt

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Matt Nagel, APR
Georgia Tech Media Relations & Issues Management
177 North Avenue, Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0181

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