Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1974, D.C. Code Ann. § 2-531 et seq. ("D.C. 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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brandon Wieber

From: Admin, FOIA (MPD)

RE: FOIA Request # 120718-001

Dear Mr. Wieber:

This email acknowledges the receipt of your request, captioned above, under the Freedom of Information Act.

The fifteen-day statutory time period permitted to process your request begins on the first full workday after the receipt of your request. The specific dates are determined by calendar, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. Please be advised that a delay in responding to your request may occur due to the volume of requests or in an effort to identify and locate all releasable information included in your request. Additionally, your request may have to be addressed by several divisions within this department resulting in numerous responses.

You will receive written notice advising you of the availability of requested information, the cost (if any) for the search and duplication of requested materials, and how to obtain the information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the FOIA Office.

Sincerely,

Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) office
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Room 4153
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 727-3721
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From: Robinson, Kimberly C. (MPD)

Re: FOIA Request # 120718-005

Dear Mr. Weiber,

This email is in response to your above-referenced request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Please be informed that due to unusual circumstances concerning our need for consultation with another public body or 2 or more components of a public body that has a substantial interest in the determination of the request, we have extended the response to August 22, 2012. This date reflects a ten-business day extension allotted to the MPD pursuant to D.C. Code 2-532 (d). (Original due date was August 8, 2012).

If the response to your request is completed before the above extended date, you will be notified promptly.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kimberly C. Robinson
Email: Kimberlyc.robinson@dc.gov<mailto:Kimberlyc.robinson@dc.gov>
(202) 727-3721
Strategic Services Bureau
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office
Metropolitan Police Department

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From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 18, 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: Admin, FOIA (MPD)

RE: FOIA Request# 120718-005 (Request for any records and/or information regarding the Metropolitan Police Department’s use or plans to use drones.)

Dear Mr. Wieber:

This letter is in response to your FOIA request referenced above.

The FOIA Office has been advised that the Metropolitan Police Department does not have or use drones.

Please know that, under D.C. Official Code s.2-537 and 1 DCMR 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or the Superior court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain “Freedom of Information Act appeal” or “FOIA Appeal” in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of a written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, and e-mail and/or U.S. Mail address at which you can be reached.

The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor’s Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to The Mayor’s Correspondence Unit at foia.mayor@dc.gov<mailto:foia.mayor@dc.gov>. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency, or to the agency head of that agency if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Sincere Regards,

Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Office
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Room 4153
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 727-3721

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