Virginia Beach, VA Police Department Drone Documents

Rit Chirathivat filed this request with the Virginia Beach Police Department of Virginia Beach, VA .


From: Joseph Trevithick

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information 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.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Rit Chirathivat

From: Virginia Beach Police Department FOIA Requests

Please see the attached response to the FOIA Request (FOI2017-756).

Thank you,
Cathy Vazquez

Catherine I. Vazquez, B.A.
FOIA Technician
Office of Internal Affairs
Virginia Beach Police Department
2509 Princess Anne Road
Building #11
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 385-8706 (desk)
(757) 385-4007 (fax)