Twin Cities Police Drones (Golden Valley Police Department)

Matthew Petti filed this request with the Golden Valley Police Department of Golden Valley, MN.
Multi Request Twin Cities Police Drones


From: Matthew Petti

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices 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.

I request that I be properly classified as a news media requester. I am a reporter for the National Interest, and I am requesting this information in that editorial capacity.

The National Interest is widely recognized for its reporting, publishing regular features on issues of public interest and importance. In addition, I have covered areas related to this request, and plan to use my editorial skills to analyze and produce original reporting work for millions of monthly readers at

If you have any questions about my media status, please contact me.

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 10 business days.


Matthew Petti

From: Golden Valley Police Department

Dear Mr. Petti -

This email is to confirm that we have received your data request dated October 21, 2020. We are currently working on gathering the data you requested and you should be hearing from us soon.

Joanne M Paul | Crime Analyst & Support Services Supervisor | City of Golden Valley
7700 Golden Valley Road | Golden Valley, MN 55427 | 763-593-8058 | 763-593-8098 (Fax) | 763-593-3968 (TTY) |<>

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From: Golden Valley Police Department

Good morning -

Attached you will find documents covering the information you requested in your data request pertaining to UAS (drone) usage by our department.

Please note that we did not receive your original request dated July 21 that you referred to. We only received requests dated October 7 and October 21, both of which were received by our department on October 29.

If you have any questions, please contact me.
Joanne Paul | Crime Analyst & Support Services Supervisor | Golden Valley Police Department
7800 Golden Valley Road | Golden Valley, MN 55427 | 763-593-8058 | 763-593-8098 (Fax)<>

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