Drone proposals and policies

Katherine Fink filed this request with the Illinois State Police of Illinois.
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From: Katherine Fink

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant 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 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Katherine Fink


Your request has been received and assigned FOIR #16-2250. We are
awaiting a response from the division of forensic services (DFS). As soon
as we receive the reports from DFS, we will email them to you. Thank you
for your patience.

Nancy G. Easum
Freedom of Information Officer
801 S. Seventh St., Suite 1000-S
Springfield, Illinois 62703




Re: FOIR #16-2250

Thank you for writing the Illinois State Police with your request for
information pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS
140/1 et seq.
On September 26, 2016, we received your request for the following: Records
related to drones.

The Illinois State Police Freedom of Information Officer, Nancy G. Easum,
is granting your request in part and denying your request in part. The
redacted documents are attached. The reasons for the redactions are as

5 ILCS 140/7(1)(b) ? The report, if provided, contains redactions based on
the Freedom of Information Act?s exemption regarding ?Private Information?
as defined in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act as, ??[u]nique
identifiers, including a person's social security number, driver's license
number, employee identification number, biometric identifiers, personal
financial information, passwords or other access codes, medical records,
home or personal telephone numbers, and personal email addresses. Private
information also includes home address and personal license plates, except
as otherwise provided by law or when compiled without possibility of
attribution to any person.? All relevant private information has been

5 ILCS 140/7(1)(c) ? Documents containing personal information which would
clearly constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, including,
but not limited to: dates of birth, home addresses, telephone numbers and
medical information have been redacted and/or have been withheld.

You have the right to have the denial of your request reviewed by the
Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Attorney General (5
ILCS 140/9.5(a)). You can file your Request for Review with the PAC by
writing to:

Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 South 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62706
Fax: (217) 782-1396
E-mail: publicaccess@atg.state.il.us

If you choose to file a Request for Review with the PAC, you must do so
within 60 calendar days of the date of this denial letter (5 ILCS
140/9.5(a)). Please note that you must include a copy of your original
FOIA request and this denial letter when filing a Request for Review with
the PAC.

You also have the right to seek judicial review of your denial by filing a
lawsuit in the State circuit court (5 ILCS 140/11).

Nancy G. Easum
Freedom of Information Officer
801 S. Seventh St., Suite 1000-S
Springfield, Illinois 62703