FOIA - Indiana DHS - NetTalon and "Smart Schools" Documents

J Ader filed this request with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security of Indiana.
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From: J Ader

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

All documents pertaining to NetTalon ( or any "Smart Schools" school security initiative(s). Documents being requested here might include - but are not limited to - the following:

- Guidelines mentioning NetTalon or "Smart Schools"
- Bulletins mentioning NetTalon or "Smart Schools"
- Briefings NetTalon or "Smart Schools"
- MOUs from NetTalon
- Privacy policies from NetTalon
- Any manuals from NetTalon or other "Smart Schools" security providers
- Any digitally disseminated publications from your agency mentioning NetTalon or "Smart Schools"

Please see the following article for more context as an aid to retrieve responsive documents -

"NetTalon's allies at the Sheriff's Association helped craft guidelines that the new law required Indiana's Department of Homeland Security to publish. The guidelines recommended an internet-based emergency response system like the "Safest School" and even mentioned "countermeasures" to disrupt an attacker, though not specifically smoke cannons, which some experts warn might also disorient students and police."

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 7 business days, as the statute requires.


J Ader


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Thank you.

From: Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Information about the Indiana Secured School Safety Board, the Indiana School Safety Hub, the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program and other school safety initiatives and programs is publicly available at Secured School Safety Grant Program<>.

DHS does not release other information on school safety programs in accordance with I.C. § 5- 14-3-4(b)(10), I.C. § 5- 14-3-4(b)(18), and I.C. § 5- 14-3-4(b)(19).

Thank you,

Daz L. Dyer | Legal Operations Coordinator
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
302 W. Washington St., Room E208
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Tel: (317) 234-8837

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