Wednesday, April 16, 2014
 

FOI Request

Mesa County, CO Sheriff Drone Documents

Requested by DroneWatch on Aug. 16, 2012 for the Mesa County, CO Sheriff of Mesa County, CO and fufilled on Dec. 7, 2012

Status: Completed


From Drone Watch on Aug. 16, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado 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 Drone Watch on Aug. 26, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado 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 Mesa County Sheriff Office to Drone Watch on Aug. 26, 2012:

Fix Required
Fix Required
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A letter stating that the request must be resubmitted in writing.
 
From Mesa County Attorney's on Sept. 4, 2012:

 
From Mesa County Attorney's Office to MuckRock on Sept. 6, 2012:

Cover Letter
Cover Letter
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A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.
Responsive Documents
Responsive Documents
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A copy of documents responsive to the request.
 
From MuckRock.com to Mesa County, CO Sheriff on Sept. 10, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 16, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Art Smith to Drone Watch on Sept. 10, 2012:

Mr. Musgrave,

The Mesa County Attorney's Office sent the response to your request, via US mail, on 09/04/12.

Respectfully,


Sgt. Art Smith #2213
Professional Standards Unit
Mesa County Sheriff's Office
Office: (970)244-3952
art.smith@mesacounty.us

>>> <requests@muckrock.com> 09/10/2012 3:00 AM >>>

September 10, 2012
Mesa County, CO Sheriff
215 Rice Street
P.O. Box 20,000
Grand Junction, Colorado 81502-5016

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 16, 2012. Please let me
know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further
clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Aug. 26, 2012:

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On Aug. 26, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado 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

---

On Aug. 16, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado 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

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 1736
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly
addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News)
requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

 
From Drone Watch to Mesa County, CO Sheriff on Nov. 2, 2012:

Hello,

MuckRock has received your letter dated September 4, 2012 and accompanying responsive documents. Thank you for these. MuckRock has a couple of clarifications regarding this request and the documents which were sent:

In that letter, Assistant County Attorney Barnes indicated that the Sheriff's Department has no records responsive to the first paragraph in our request:

"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”)."

This paragraph of our request ought to cover contracts for the drone purchased by the Sheriff's department. Please clarify whether any documents exist which are responsive to this paragraph, particularly contracts, sales quotes and cost approval documents for the purchase of the Sheriff's department's drone or impending drone purchases.

The letter also indicated that the department is in the process of drafting a written policy. I would like to request a copy of this policy as well if any progress has been made on its drafting.

Thank you for your help with this request.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

 
From Angela Barnes to Drone Watch on Nov. 2, 2012:

Did you send this via U.S. Mail to Sgt Smith?
If so, then I am sure he will work on it when he receives it.
All records requests must come via U.S. Mail.
Thank you.


Angela Barnes
Assistant County Attorney
Mesa County Attorney's office
970-244-1612, phone
*note new email angela.barnes@mesacounty.us
>>> <requests@muckrock.com> 11/01/2012 10:15 PM >>>

November 2, 2012
Mesa County, CO Sheriff
215 Rice Street
P.O. Box 20,000
Grand Junction, Colorado 81502-5016

This is a follow up to a previous request:

Hello,

MuckRock has received your letter dated September 4, 2012 and
accompanying responsive documents. Thank you for these. MuckRock has a
couple of clarifications regarding this request and the documents which
were sent:

In that letter, Assistant County Attorney Barnes indicated that the
Sheriff's Department has no records responsive to the first paragraph in
our request:

"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”)."

This paragraph of our request ought to cover contracts for the drone
purchased by the Sheriff's department. Please clarify whether any
documents exist which are responsive to this paragraph, particularly
contracts, sales quotes and cost approval documents for the purchase of
the Sheriff's department's drone or impending drone purchases.

The letter also indicated that the department is in the process of
drafting a written policy. I would like to request a copy of this policy
as well if any progress has been made on its drafting.

Thank you for your help with this request.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

---

On Sept. 10, 2012:

Mr. Musgrave,

The Mesa County Attorney's Office sent the response to your request,
via US mail, on 09/04/12.

Respectfully,

Sgt. Art Smith #2213
Professional Standards Unit
Mesa County Sheriff's Office
Office: (970)244-3952
art.smith@mesacounty.us

>>> <requests@muckrock.com> 09/10/2012 3:00 AM >>>

September 10, 2012
Mesa County, CO Sheriff
215 Rice Street
P.O. Box 20,000
Grand Junction, Colorado 81502-5016

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 16, 2012. Please let me
know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further
clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Aug. 26, 2012:

---

On Aug. 26, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado 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

---

On Aug. 16, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado 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

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 1736
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly
addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News)
requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

---

On Sept. 10, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 16, 2012. Please let me
know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further
clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Sept. 6, 2012:

---

On Aug. 26, 2012:

---

On Aug. 26, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado 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

---

On Aug. 16, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Colorado 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

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 1736
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly
addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News)
requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

 
From Drone Watch to Mesa County Sheriff on Nov. 13, 2012:

Followup letter
Followup letter
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A letter requesting contracts and other documents related to the MCSO's acquisition of drones, as well as a copy of its written policy covering use of drones.
 
From Mesa County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 19, 2012:

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

Interim Response
Interim Response
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From DroneWatch on Nov. 19, 2012:

Followup request
Followup request
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A mailed followup request for flight logs, FAA materials, quarterly safety bulletins, training plans and budget documents.
 
From Mesa County, CO Sheriff to Drone Watch on Dec. 5, 2012:

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

Interim Response
Interim Response
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From Mesa County, CO Sheriff to Drone Watch on Dec. 5, 2012:

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

Interim Response
Interim Response
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From Mesa County, CO Sheriff to Drone Watch on Dec. 5, 2012:

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

 
From Mesa County, CO Sheriff to Drone Watch on Dec. 7, 2012:

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

Responsive Documents
Responsive Documents
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From Mesa County, CO Sheriff to Drone Watch on Dec. 7, 2012:

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

Cover Letter
Cover Letter
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From Mesa County, CO Sheriff to Drone Watch on Dec. 7, 2012:

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

 
From Mesa County, CO Sheriff to Drone Watch on Dec. 7, 2012:

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

 
From Mesa County, CO Sheriff to Drone Watch on Dec. 7, 2012:

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

Cover Letter
Cover Letter
View | Download
 
From Mesa County, CO Sheriff to Drone Watch on Dec. 7, 2012:

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

Responsive Documents
Responsive Documents
View | Download
 
  • Fix Required
  • Cover Letter
  • Responsive Documents
  • Followup letter
  • Interim Response
  • Followup request
  • Interim Response
  • Interim Response
  • Cover Letter
  • Responsive Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Responsive Documents
 
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