Drone Documents (San Francisco Police Department)

Patrick O'Doherty filed this request with the San Francisco Police Department of San Francisco, CA.
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From: Patrick O'Doherty

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)), 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.

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 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Patrick O'Doherty

From: Gatpandan, Grace (POL)

Good Morning Patrick O'Doherty,

​​​​I am writing to acknowledge your request for Police Department public records, received at the Media Relations Unit via email on Thursday June 11th 2015. I will respond to your request within not more than 10 calendar days, or by Sunday June 21st, 2015. See California Government Code Section 6253(c).

Officer Grace Gatpandan #80
Public Information Officer
San Francisco Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Media Relations Unit
1245 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 837-7395 - Main Line
www.sanfranciscopolice.org<http://www.sanfranciscopolice.org>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication and its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.

From: Gatpandan, Grace (POL)

Good Afternoon Mr. O'Doherty,

The San Francisco Police Department does not have/utilize nor has ever attempted to acquire/use drones. As such, we do not have any associated drone documents.

This fulfils your Public Records Request.

Officer Grace Gatpandan #80
Public Information Officer
San Francisco Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Media Relations Unit
1245 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 837-7395 - Main Line
www.sanfranciscopolice.org<http://www.sanfranciscopolice.org>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication and its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.

From: MuckRock

Office of the City Attorney
Attention: Supervisor of Records
City Hall, Room 234
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

CC:
San Francisco Police Department
Public Records Officer, Media Relations
1245 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
via email: sfpdmediarelations@sfgov.org

June 26, 2015

To Whom It May Concern,

This letter constitutes a formal appeal under the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)).

In a response dated June 19th 2015 to my request for records relating to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), the San Francisco Police Department returned a response of no responsive documents, along with assurances that the department has never attempted to acquire or use drones.

This is in direct contradiction to an earlier request for such documents in July 2012, where the department returned documents detailing a rejected proposal by the SFPD to acquire such technology. This response and the document contained are available here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/san-francisco-141/san-francisco-police-department-drone-documents-1486/

I hereby appeal the SFPD inadequate search for documents relating to my request and request that the SFPD conduct a new complete and thorough search for any and all documents that refer to the department's attempts to acquire and use such technology, as detailed in my original request.

Sincerely,

Patrick O'Doherty
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On June 19, 2015:
Good Afternoon Mr. O'Doherty,

The San Francisco Police Department does not have/utilize nor has ever attempted to acquire/use drones. As such, we do not have any associated drone documents.

This fulfils your Public Records Request.

Officer Grace Gatpandan #80
Public Information Officer
San Francisco Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Media Relations Unit
1245 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 837-7395 - Main Line
www.sanfranciscopolice.org<http://www.sanfranciscopolice.org>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication and its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.

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On June 11, 2015:
Good Morning Patrick O'Doherty,

​​​​I am writing to acknowledge your request for Police Department public records, received at the Media Relations Unit via email on Thursday June 11th 2015. I will respond to your request within not more than 10 calendar days, or by Sunday June 21st, 2015. See California Government Code Section 6253(c).

Officer Grace Gatpandan #80
Public Information Officer
San Francisco Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Media Relations Unit
1245 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 837-7395 - Main Line
www.sanfranciscopolice.org<http://www.sanfranciscopolice.org>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication and its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.

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On June 11, 2015:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)), 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.

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 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 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Patrick O'Doherty

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From: Patrick O'Doherty

To whom it may concern,

This letter constitutes a formal appeal under the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)).

In a response dated June 19th 2015 to my request for records relating to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), the San Francisco Police Department returned a response of no responsive documents, along with assurances that the department has never attempted to acquire or use drones.

This is in direct contradiction to an earlier request for such documents in July 2012, where the department returned documents detailing a rejected proposal by the SFPD to acquire such technology. This response and the document contained are available here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/san-francisco-141/san-francisco-police-department-drone-documents-1486/

I hereby appeal the SFPD inadequate search for documents relating to my request and request that the SFPD conduct a new complete and thorough search for any and all documents that refer to the department's attempts to acquire and use such technology, as detailed in my original request.

Sincerely,

Patrick O'Doherty

From: Supervisor Records

Mr. O'Doherty,

I wanted to let you know that we received your petition to the Supervisor
of Records regarding a records request you made to SFPD. As an initial
matter, the Sunshine Ordinance requires the Supervisor of Records to hear
administrative appeals from members of the public who believe that a City
department is improperly withholding or redacting a record in response to
a public records request. Under Section 67.21(d), the Supervisor of
Records is responsible for determining whether a City department has
withheld a record, or any part of a record, without a lawful basis for
doing so. In contrast, the Supervisor of Records does not make
determinations as to the adequacy of a City department's search for
records.

It appears that SFPD has not asserted that any records responsive to your
request are subject to withholding. Rather, it looks like your complaint
addresses the adequacy of the department's search for the records you are
requesting, which is not within the purview of the Supervisor of Records.
Nonetheless, I will make an effort to see whether I can help facilitate a
resolution to your concern and will respond when I have more information.
Best,

Brad Russi
Deputy City Attorney

Office of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera
Supervisor of Records: General Government Team

From: Gatpandan, Grace (POL)

Hello Patrick,

I've searched for the following throughout multiple departments in our agency:

Aerial drones, remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs), unmanned aerials (UAs), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and/or unmanned aerial systems (UAS)

The homeland security unit did locate the proposal you sent to me. There is a retired lieutenant who may have had other documents on his personal computer account, but it does not appear any other documents were officially submitted for proposal. I would not have access to these documents as the officer has retired.

Chief Suhr's administration has been adamant that the SFPD does not plan to use drones and will not approve any proposal for acquiring them.

Is there a different, more specific avenue you would like us to search?? We use robots for our bomb unit, but those are ground-based electronics. The impression I'm getting is you're looking for aerial related documents.

- Grace

Officer Grace Gatpandan #80
Public Information Officer
San Francisco Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Media Relations Unit
1245 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
(415) 837-7395 - Main Line
www.sanfranciscopolice.org<http://www.sanfranciscopolice.org>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication and its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.

From: Supervisor Records

Mr. O'Doherty,

Please see the attached letter regarding your petition to the Supervisor
of Records.
Best,

Brad Russi
Deputy City Attorney

Office of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera
Supervisor of Records: General Government Team

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