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FOI Request

Seattle, WA Police Department Drone Documents

Requested by DroneWatch on July 20, 2012 for the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA and fufilled on Dec. 17, 2012

Status: Completed


From Drone Watch on July 20, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), 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 MuckRock.com, 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Drone Watch

 
From SPD-PDR, SPD to Drone Watch on July 27, 2012:

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2012-2332

Dear Drone Watch,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated July 20, 2012 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on July 20, 2012 for:

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.

We still need additional time to research and respond to your request. We anticipate a response to you on or about August 31, 2012.

This additional time is used to research this request, collect responsive records, and/or prepare records for dissemination. Please note: Seattle Police Department currently receives approximately 4,000 public disclosure requests annually. The current volume of Public Disclosure Requests combined with SPD staffing and City-wide budget cuts requires this additional time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,

 
From MuckRock.com to Police Department on Aug. 14, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 20, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Hansen, Alyne to Drone Watch on Aug. 16, 2012:

Dear Drone Watch,
As stated in our previous email (see below), we anticipate a response to your request on or before August 31, 2012.

 
From MuckRock.com to Police Department on Aug. 21, 2012:

Hi Alyne,

This is Tom Nash from MuckRock. We just got a package in the mail today from SPD that the post office says was received without its contents. Looks like the documents may have been too heavy for the envelope. Resending either by mail or email would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Tom

 
From Hansen, Alyne to Drone Watch on Aug. 21, 2012:

Hi Tom,
I will recreate and mail again by the end of the week. I'll double wrap this time and hopefully, it will make it to NY. -ah

 
From Seattle Police Department to MuckRock.com on Aug. 28, 2012:

Cover Letter
Cover Letter
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A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.
Responsive Documents
Responsive Documents
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A copy of documents responsive to the request.
 
From Shawn Musgrave to Police Department on Sept. 4, 2012:

Hello,

Thank you to SPD for its assistance with this public records request, especially in light of the shipping issues.

MuckRock has reviewed the responsive documents, and would like clarification regarding one component. A directive dated August 15, 2012 indicated that Directive 12-032 and DP&P 6.255 had been rescinded. The latter was included with the responsive documents, but Directive 12-032 was not. Was this part of the 4 redacted pages of indicated on the redaction log as "draft policy"? Furthermore, if DP&P 6.255 has been rescinded, has it been replaced with any other policy that governs SPD use of UAVs?

Thank you for your help with this matter.

Best regards,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

 
From Hansen, Alyne to Drone Watch on Sept. 4, 2012:

Dear Mr. Musgrave,
I apologize for not including Directive 12-032. Attached is a copy, which indicates that it has been rescinded. There has been no replacement policy or directives concerning the UAVs. If you have any further questions, please contact me.

Directive D12-032 - Rescinded
Directive D12-032 - Rescinded
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From Shawn Musgrave to Police Department on Sept. 6, 2012:

Dear Ms. Hansen:

Thank you for all of your help on this records request. I've continued to review the documents and wondered whether you could confirm whether some additional documents and communications might exist that had not been included in what was sent. Details below.

-Please confirm whether any communications exist between SPD officers and Datron World Communications (George Zeigler) prior to November 4, 2011 and after May 7, 2012. Please send any additional communications with Datron that might exist.
-Please confirm whether any additional documents or communications exist regarding flight training conducted by or contracted through Wings Aloft. This might include a memo outlining "training and costs" indicated by an email from April 11, 2011. Please send any contracts, purchase orders or other relevant documents pertaining to Wings Aloft flight training.
-Please confirm whether any additional documents or communications exist regarding flight training conducted by or contracted through Rainier Flight Service. Please send any contracts, purchase orders or other relevant documents pertaining to Rainier Flight Service flight training.
-Please confirm whether any additional communications or relevant documents exist regarding the rescinding of D 12-032 and DP&P 6.255. Please send any documents relevant to this policy change, especially regarding the rationale underlying the rescinding of these policies without replacement guidelines.

Please let me know if I can clarify any of these requests. I very much appreciate your help and assistance throughout this request process.

Best regards,
Shawn Musgrave

 
From Hansen, Alyne to Drone Watch on Sept. 6, 2012:

Dear Mr. Musgrave,
Your follow-up email asks new questions, which will require research. Since, your previous request is closed, so I am forwarding this request to our Public Disclosure Unit to open a new request. It will be assigned to someone (possibly me) for research.

 
From SPD-PDR, SPD to Drone Watch on Sept. 13, 2012:

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2012-2843

Dear Shawn Musgrave,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated September 6, 2012 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on September 6, 2012 for communication(s) between SPD & flight companies & Datron World Comm as well as information/documents regarding D-12-032 & DP&P6.255. We still need additional time to research and respond to your request. We anticipate a response to your request on or about October 13, 2012.

This additional time is used to research this request, collect responsive records, and/or prepare records for dissemination. Please note: Seattle Police Department currently receives approximately 4,000 public disclosure requests annually. The current volume of Public Disclosure Requests combined with SPD staffing and City-wide budget cuts requires this additional time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,

 
From SPD-PDR, SPD on Oct. 17, 2012:

Cover Letter
Cover Letter
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A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.
Responsive Documents
Responsive Documents
View | Download
A copy of documents responsive to the request.
 
From Drone Watch to Police Department on Nov. 2, 2012:

Dear Ms. Hansen:

Thank you for all of your help on this records request. I've continued to review the most recent group of documents (postmarked October 17), and wondered whether you could confirm whether some additional documents and communications might exist that had not been included in what was sent. Details below.

-Please confirm whether any correspondence exists between Reuben Omelanchuck and law enforcement in Spokane County regarding a drone/UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)/UAS (unmanned aerial system) there. Please include any relevant correspondence dated August 1 to the present.

-Please confirm whether any correspondence exists between Reuben Omelanchuck and area law enforcement agencies regarding a demonstration of Datron's drone/UAS/UAV system. Please include any relevant correspondence dated August 2011 to present.

-Please confirm whether any additional documentation (including contracts, sales quotes, correspondence and expenditure documents) exists regarding impending or past purchases between Seattle Police Department and Leptron Industrial Robotic Helicopters. Please send all relevant documents dated January 2008 to present.

-Please confirm whether any new documents exist relevant to Seattle Police Department's 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.

Please let me know if I can clarify any of these requests. I very much appreciate your help and assistance throughout this request process.

Best regards,
Shawn Musgrave

 
From Hansen, Alyne to Drone Watch on Nov. 7, 2012:

RE: Public Disclosure Request # P2012-3549

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

This letter is in response to your public disclosure request dated November 2, 2012 and received by the Seattle Police Department’s Public Disclosure Unit on November 2, 2012 for additional information on the UAVs. We need additional time to research and respond to your request. We anticipate a response to your request on or about December 15, 2012.

This additional time is used to research this request, collect responsive records, and/or prepare records for dissemination. Please note: Seattle Police Department currently receives approximately 4,000 public disclosure requests annually. The current volume of Public Disclosure Requests combined with SPD staffing and City-wide budget cuts requires this additional time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,

 
From MuckRock.com to Police Department on Nov. 22, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 20, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Hansen, Alyne to Drone Watch on Nov. 28, 2012:

Dear Mr. Musgrave,
In our response sent 11-7-12, we indicated a response date of "on or about December 15, 2012" (see below). That date is still our anticipated response date.

 
From MuckRock.com to Seattle Police Department on Dec. 13, 2012:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 20, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

 
From Seattle Police Department to Drone Watch on Dec. 17, 2012:

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

Responsive Documents
Responsive Documents
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From Seattle Police Department to Drone Watch on Dec. 17, 2012:

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

Responsive Documents
Responsive Documents
View | Download
 
  • Cover Letter
  • Responsive Documents
  • Directive D12-032 - Rescinded
  • Cover Letter
  • Responsive Documents
  • Responsive Documents
  • Responsive Documents
 
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