Sunday, April 20, 2014

FOI Request

San Francisco, CA Police Department Drone Documents

Requested by DroneWatch on July 12, 2012 for the San Francisco Police Department of San Francisco, CA and fufilled on July 23, 2012

Status: Completed

From Drone Watch on July 12, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California's Sunshine Amendment (Cal. Const. Art. I, § 3(b)), I hereby request the following records:

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


David Peter Simon

From SFPD to Drone Watch on July 13, 2012:

Mr Simon:
I am in receipt of your request for information (California Public Records Act) received via email on July 12, 2012.  I have complied by immediate response as per California Government Code.  I will notify you if any responsive documents exist.

Regards, Sgt. Michael Andraychak
San Francisco Police Department
Media Relations Unit
850 Bryant Street #553
San Francisco CA, 94103
415-553-1651 Phone

From SFPD to Drone Watch on July 23, 2012:

Mr Simon:
Please see the attached proposal regarding a remotely piloted video camera system. This proposal was rejected.
The SFPD does not use drones or UAV's. As such, there are no responsive documents.
The Dept has not used and has no plans to use this equipment.  As such there are no responsive documents.

The information contained here in represents the document(s) requested.
Regards, Sgt. Michael Andraychak
San Francisco Police Department
Media Relations Unit
850 Bryant Street #553
San Francisco CA, 94103
415-553-1651 Phone
415-553-9229 Fax
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 San Francisco Police Department on July 23, 2012:

RPVC Proposal
RPVC Proposal
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A copy of documents responsive to the request.
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