Salem, OR Police Department Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Salem Police Department of Salem, OR.
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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law, I hereby request the following documents:

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, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Drone Watch

From: Debbie Kees

Your request was forwarded to the City Recorder's Office, as our office manages public records requests for City of Salem departments. We will process your request according to the policy detailed on the City's website at
When I receive a report of the estimated costs from the departmental designated records manager (if any), I will email you the information. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact me.

Debbie Kees
Staff Assistant
City Recorder's Office/Legal Department
v: 503-588-6097
f: 503-361-2202

From: Debbie Kees

Staff from both the Police Department and the Procurement office have been unable to locate any documents responsive to your request. As such, I am closing our file on this request.


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