Information about 1973 model 206B Bell Helicopter

Jacob Appelbaum filed this request with the Kings County Sheriff of Kings County, CA .
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From: Jacob Appelbaum


To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records, documents, emails, and other correspondence regarding or related to the 1973 model 206B Bell Helicopter as well as any additional equipment attached to the aircraft. This aircraft has serial number 1128 and holds registration N411KS. This aircraft uses the mode-s code of 51154311 in octal or A4D8C9 in hexadecimal. I request records, documents, emails, privacy assessments, purchase orders, and other correspondence relating to the equipment on the front and rear of the aircraft.

Additionally, I would like any manuals, procedures, communications protocols, and any communications related to inter-agency coordination. This should include pilot logs, flight plans, and surveillance plans. Specifically, I am looking for any and all data relating to flights for the city of Seattle over the last week with a focus on June 2nd, and June 3rd where the aircraft was documented flying over the demonstrations with aftermarket surveillance equipment. Any imaging or other surveillance data from onboard collection is additionally requested, as well as any policies which govern the collection, processing, use, and dissemination of this data. Any communication about this data or related data should be included, especially inter-agency communications, and metadata.

This information is part of a journalistic research project involving the Seattle Privacy Coalition.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jacob Appelbaum

From: Kings County Sheriff

To Whom It May Concern:
You have contacted Kings County, California, not Kings County, Washington.

Thank you,
Abrina Squire
Sheriffs Records Manager

From: Jacob Appelbaum

Dear Abrina Squire,

Thank you for the prompt reply, it is very much appreciated. Apologies for the mistake. I've corrected my request for the proper aircraft for your office:

All records, documents, emails, and other correspondence regarding or related to the 2014 model CTLS Flight Design airplane as well as any additional equipment attached to the aircraft. This aircraft has serial number F-14-07-08 and holds registration N559KC and is known as SKYKING 1. This aircraft uses the mode-s code of 51620676 in octal or A721BE in hexadecimal. I request records, documents, emails, privacy assessments, purchase orders, and other correspondence relating to the equipment on the front and rear of the aircraft.

Additionally, I would like any manuals, procedures, communications protocols, and any communications related to inter-agency coordination. This should include pilot logs, flight plans, and surveillance plans. Specifically, I am looking for any and all data relating to flights over the last week with a focus on May 30th through June 2nd where the aircraft was documented flying over Lemoore, California. Any imaging or other surveillance data from onboard collection is additionally requested, as well as any policies which govern the collection, processing, use, and dissemination of this data. Any communication about this data or related data should be included, especially inter-agency communications, and metadata.

This information is part of a journalistic research project involving the Seattle Privacy Coalition.

From: Kings County Sheriff

Dear Mr. Appelbaum:

Please see attached the County of Kings' response to your California Public Records Act request.

Thank you,

Thomas Lin
Deputy County Counsel
County of Kings
1400 W. Lacey Blvd., Bldg. #4
Hanford, CA 93230
P: 559-852-2445
F: 559-584-0865
Thomas.Lin@co.kings.ca.us<mailto:Thomas.Lin@co.kings.ca.us>

From: Kings County Sheriff

Good morning sir. Here is the information you have requested:

May 30, 2020
1530-1830 hours
Pilot- Chris Caldwell
TFO- Mark Bevens
No flight plan was filed
No surveillance plans were made or filed
This was a training flight throughout Kings County.
No photographs, audio or video recordings were taken.

June 1, 2020
1600-1845 hours
Pilot- Mike Dodenhoff
TFO- Jerry Hunter
No flight plan was filed.
No surveillance plans were made or filed.
Flight over the City of Lemoore during the demonstration.
Live monitoring. No photographs or video recording were taken. All audio transmissions occurred on the Lemoore Police Department radio channel.
Correspondence regarding the Kings County Sheriff's Office response occurred via telephone or in person.

June 2, 2020
Aircraft did not fly

All Kings County Sheriff's Office policies and procedures can be found on the Kings County Sheriff's Office website.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Have a great day sir!
V/R,
Sgt. Jerry Hunter
Kings County Sheriff's Office
559.852.2815 Office

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From: Jacob Appelbaum

Dear Sgt. Jerry Hunter,

Thank you for your reply. This nearly covers all of my questions. I appreciate the direct and clear response!

One part of my original request that is missing is an accounting of the aircraft itself and it's equipment. I'd like to request all records relating to the contemporary state of the aircraft. For example any documents relating to what kind of equipment is used for live monitoring, even if recordings aren't being taken. Samples of recordings which have no privacy considerations would be ideal documents, if such recordings exist. I presume the helicopter has things like a GPS for navigation and the usual cameras with thermal capabilities, in addition to specifics about radios.

The idea behind my request is to get an understanding of what the capabilities of the aircraft were on those days and likely to be on other days. I presume it's all in the maintenance and purchase order records for the last few years. Are those records easily available?

Thank you again for your time and especially for your rapid replies, it's much appreciated.

Sincerely,
Jacob Appelbaum

From: Kings County Sheriff

Good morning Jacob.

I have attached the aircraft quote we used when we purchased our airplane. The quote lists all of the equipment installed in / on our aircraft.

Our airplane is a 2014 Flight Design CTLE. As for the specific equipment, our airplane is standard factory equipped. For specifics regarding the factory equipment, to include on board GPS, navigation radios, etc., please refer to Flight Design USA or visit their website. I have included a link below.
http://flightdesignusa.com/

Regarding our camera, we use a Cloud Cap Tase 400, EO / IR camera. For specifics regarding the camera, please contact Cloud Cap Technology or visit their website. I have included a link below.
http://www.cloudcaptech.com/

Due to officer safety concerns, I am unable to provide you with any sample videos. Our videos depict officer tactics which are not released to the public. However; there are many sample videos on the Cloud Cap technology website that depict the cameras capabilities.

Regarding the law enforcement radio, we use a Motorola APX multi-band radio for law enforcement communications. This is the same type of radio found in most police vehicles.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

V/R,
Sgt. Jerry Hunter
Kings County Sheriff's Office

From: Jacob Appelbaum

Dear Sgt. Jerry Hunter,

Thank you very much for your prompt and thoughtful replies.

I understand the reasons provided about the videos. I admit that I'm disappointed to not be able to see the camera in action. I think we're good to close this request, and if I have any further questions, I'll file a follow up FOIA.

Thank you very much for your time and your attention to detail.

Sincerely,
Jacob Appelbaum

From: Kings County Sheriff

You’re welcome sir. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

V/R,
Jerry Hunter- Sgt
Kings County Sheriff's Office
(559)413-9991 Cell

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