Drone proposals and policies (Michigan State Police)

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 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


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Thank you.

From: Michigan State Police

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Goodwin, Bethany (MSP)

Please see attached.


Bethany Goodwin
Assistant FOIA Coordinator
Freedom of Information Unit
Office of the Director
Michigan State Police
P.O. Box 30634
Lansing, MI 48909
TX: 517-284-3131
Fax: 517-241-1935


From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $30.20 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Michigan State Police

A copy of documents responsive to the request.