Miami-Dade County, FL Police Department Drone Documents

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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Brandon Wieber

From: Fina-Milian, Aida M.

Good afternoon Mr. Wieber,

We reviewed your request and have determined the cost estimate to fulfill your request is approximately $65.00 for copies of the documents. I have, however, provided responses for some of the questions below that require no documentation. Please review and advise if you would like to proceed with your request. Should you decide to go forth, please contact Det. Javier Baez at jjbaez@mdpd.com<mailto:jjbaez@mdpd.com> as I will be out of the office next week. Thank you for your interest in the Miami-Dade Police Department.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 18, 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: Fina-Milian, Aida M.

Mr. Wieber,

In the email you referenced below, we provided a cost to fulfill the request. To date, we have not received a response as to whether you accepted or declined the costs. Also, we would need to receive payment prior to mailing the materials. Should you accept the cost, payment may submitted via mail in the form of a check made payable to the Board of County Commissioners and mailed to the following address:

Attn: Det. Aida Fina-Milian
Miami-Dade Police Department
Public Information and Education Bureau

From: Romano, Laura K.

Good morning Mr. Wieber,

Attached are documents you requested regarding the Drone.

Thank you.

From: Drone Watch

Hello,

I am writing to follow up on a FOIA request relating to the Miami-Dade Police Department's 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”). The original request is below.

I have received one contract thus far (No. BW8742-3/12), but that document applies only from April 2009 to March 2010. Since the MDPD has utilized drones after that period for law enforcement purposes, I am requesting further drone documents that pertain to the period after March 2010.

Sincerely,

Brandon Wieber

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ORIGINAL REQUEST:

From Drone Watch on July 18, 2012:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Brandon Wieber

From: Romano, Laura K.

Good afternoon,

The contract has been renewed since 2010, however, no purchases/orders have been processed since 2009.

From: Drone Watch

Dear Ms. Romano,

Hello,

I am writing to follow up again on a FOIA request relating to the Miami-Dade Police Department's 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”).

Thank you for your last e-mail, in which you stated that Contract No. BW8742-3/12 has been renewed since 2010. I am now requesting documents pertaining to those renewals, since I am interested in the terms and time periods of those renewals.

Thank you greatly for your cooperation,

Brandon Wieber

From: Romano, Laura K.

Contract documents to bid BW8742 are available on-line:

https://www.miamidade.gov/DPMww/SearchContracts.aspx

From: Drone Watch

Hello,

I am writing to follow up on my previous request regarding the Miami-Dade Police Department's Drone Documents. Though I have received from the department the contracts pertaining to the MDPD's drones, the following portions of my original FOIA request have yet to be fulfilled:

1. 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;

2. 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 look forward to receiving the documents referred to above.

Thank you,

Brandon Wieber

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 18, 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: Romano, Laura K.

Good morning,

Please contact Officer Fina-Milian in the Public Information & Education Bureau, Media Relations Section. Her email is attached.

From: Fina-Milian, Aida M.

Good morning,

As I stated in the August 15, 2012, email attached, there is a cost of $65.00 to fulfill the request. Once we receive payment, we will promptly send the documents requested. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact me directly.

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