|Submitted||July 8, 2012|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), Ark. Code Ann. § § 25-19-101 to 25-19-109, I hereby request all records (including, but not limited to, electronic records) maintained by this department and its officers, employees, and agents discussing, concerning, or reflecting:
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.
I have forwarded this request to Cpt. L. Montgomery who is over this particular unit. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me. Thank you. I did want to let you know the FOI only applies to Arkansas residents.
You made a request for information under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (ARFOI). The ARFOI applies to citizens of the State of Arkansas. See the below section of the Arkansas State Code.
25-19-105. Examination and copying of public records.
(a)(1)(A) Except as otherwise specifically provided by this section or bylaws specifically enacted to provide otherwise, all public records shall be open to inspection and copying by any citizen of the State of Arkansas during the regular business hours of the custodian of the records.
I will be unable to respond to your request under the ARFOI. If you wish to submit a list of questions as a press inquiry, I will be glad to briefly answer any question I can.
Leonard L. Montgomery, Captain
Professional Development Division Commander
North Little Rock Police Department
200 W Pershing Blvd
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