Drone Documents (Nevada Highway Patrol)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Nevada Highway Patrol of Nevada.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents created from January 2005 to the date this request is processed related to the agency's use of aerial drones, remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs), unmanned aerials (UAs), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and/or unmanned aerial systems (UASs)(hereinafter “drones”).

Please search specifically for the below document categories, and respond to each of the categories and items:

1) Acquisition documents:

i) requests for proposals (RFPs), proposals/quotes submitted by vendors, contracts, leases, budget requests, project/equipment budgets, cost allocations or reimbursements for the purchase of drone equipment;

ii) Grant applications and award letters for drone equipment purchases;

iii) Insurance contracts for all drone equipment;

iv) Communications (including electronic communications) between the agency head or agency quartermaster (or individual responsible for equipment purchases and maintenance) and drone vendors, manufacturers or retailers;

v) Communications (including electronic communications) between the agency head and agency quartermaster (or individual responsible for equipment purchases and maintenance) regarding acquisition, lease or use of drone equipment;

vi) Communications (including electronic communications) between the agency head and the governor, mayor and city/town manager regarding the acquisition of drones;

vii) Applications (including all components and support documentation) for Certificates of Waiver/Authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as COA grant notifications and final agreement;

viii) Contracts for services related to drones, such as data storage, data analysis, image storage, image analysis, video storage, video analysis, operation, maintenance;

2) Equipment logs:

i) Inventories/logs/lists/databases of all drones owned, leased or operated by or for the agency;

ii) Maintenance logs for all drones owned, leased or otherwise operated by or for the agency;

3) Policy documents:

i) Policies, guidelines, protocols, manuals and/or instructions on the use/operation of drones and usage of data, images and video obtained from drone flights;

ii) Communications from the agency head, quartermaster (or individual responsible for overseeing equipment purchases and maintenance) on approved uses for drones;

iii) Memorandums of understanding (MOUs), memorandums of agreement (MOAs) or any other agreements or contracts with other government agencies, private corporations, organizations or individuals to share drone equipment, data, images or video or to operate drones on behalf of the agency;

4) Training documents:

i) Curriculum used to train drone operators and observers;

ii) Training log for all drone operators and observers;

iii) Certifications of training completion for all drone operators and observers;

iv) Contracts, purchase orders, budget requests or reimbursement orders for training sessions for all drone operators and observers;

5) Usage documents:

i) Flight logs for all drone flights, including training flights;

ii) Flight logs transmitted to the Federal Aviation Administration pursuant to Certificate of Waiver/Authorization (COA) requirements;

iii) Reprimands relating to drones, including misuse of equipment and failure to properly maintain equipment.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Julie Butler

I will be out of the office on October 15 & 16, 2013, for business travel. For immediate assistance, please contact Mindy McKay at (775) 684-6205. Thanks.

From: Dennis Osborn

Hello Mr. Muckrock,

The DPS/NHP response to your request on Drone documents is the same as
the response from earlier this year. I will re-submit the email to you
from February 4, 2013.

Thank you,

Major Dennis Osborn


(702) 432-5001

(775) 230-0542 cellular

Hello Mr. Musgrave,

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");

The Nevada Department of Public Safety(DPS), Nevada Highway Patrol(NHP),
has not received or solicited proposals by vendors or through contracts
for the use of drones. The DPS/NHP has not budgeted or cost allocated
for the purchase or research of drones.

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on
institutional use of drones, including on the legal process required
(such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;

The DPS/NHP has not policy, guidelines, manuals or instructions on the
use of the drone.

3. any departmental records concerning this institution's use of and/or
research of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:
The DPS/NHP has no records concerning the use of and/or research of
drones now and has no current plans to use drones in the future.

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; N/A

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; N/A

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly; N/A

d. drones' ability to carry weapons. N/A


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