Drone proposals and policies (Rhode Island Department of Public Safety)

Katherine Fink filed this request with the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety of Rhode Island.
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From: Katherine Fink

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Katherine Fink

From: requests, records

Dear Ms. Fink:

I have attached our response to your request for information. Please confirm receipt by return email.

A copy of Rhode Island General Law § 38-2-8 which provides procedures for appeal is also enclosed. In accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-8, you may wish to appeal this response to Lt. Col. Kevin Barry, Acting Superintendent, Rhode Island State Police, 311 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, Rhode Island 02857. You may wish to file a complaint with the Department of the Attorney General, 150 South Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island, 02903, or the Rhode Island Superior Court of the county where the record(s) are maintained.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office.


Office of Legal Counsel
Department of Public Safety
311 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 02857
Tel. (401) 444-1083 / fax (401) 444-1105

From: Katherine Fink


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Katherine Fink