Contracts and Policies Regarding IMSI Catchers (Prince George's County Police)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Prince George's County Police Department of Prince George's County, MD.


From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Maryland's Public Information Act ("PIA"), I hereby request the following records:

Documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox". including:
-Contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray, Hailstorm, Harpoon, Amberjack, Gossamer, Triggerfish, or KingFish IMSI catchers.
-Contracts with Digital Receiver Technology for any of their "DRTbox" devices
-Department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology
-policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Curtis Waltman

From: Whitted, Stephen E.

Dear Mr. Waltman,

In the interest of giving you an expedient reply to your request for records referenced in your attached email below, please consider this an informal reply to your request. A more detailed reply will be forthcoming in the following days.

Pursuant to the Maryland Pubic Information Act as codified at Md. Code, General Provisions 4-351 et seq, , the department is allowed to deny requests that would disclose an investigative technique or procedure, prejudice an investigation, or that would endanger the life or physical safety of an individual. The Department may also deny any request for intelligence information or security procedures.

Your request for information falls into one or more of the above-referenced categories. As such, it is being denied.

As stated above, you will received a more detailed letter explaining this decision in the coming days.

You may also seek judicial review of this decision pursuant to the Annotated Code of Maryland, State Government Article ยง10-623. If you have any questions or need to contact me regarding this matter, please call (301) 772 - 4226.


Stephen E. Whitted
Legal Advisor/Associate County Attorney

From: Prince George's County Police Department

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: Crawford, Jacqueline F.

Dear Mr. Waltman,

Please find the attached letter from Stephen E. Whitted concerning your request pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act.

Thank you,

Jacqueline F. Crawford
Administrative Aide
Office of Law
14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Tel. (301) 952-3342