|Submitted||Oct. 16, 2016|
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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, research of and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);
2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on the use of drones by police, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;
3. any departmental records concerning the use of and/or research 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.
Thank you for your inquiry to the Washington State Patrol. Pursuant to RCW 42.56.520, this is notification that we have received your public disclosure request (below). We anticipate it may take up to 30 business days from the date of this notification to provide our response. Additional time is required due to the current volume of pending records requests, and to research this request, search for and collect existing responsive records, notify involved parties, and/or prepare records for dissemination.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me in reference to PD-16-1055-0264.
Gretchen Dolan, CPRO
Washington State Patrol
Public Records Officer
PO Box 42631
Olympia WA 98504
(360)596-4137 ext. 11137
The Washington State Patrol makes a difference every day, enhancing the safety and security of our state by providing the best in public safety services.
A copy of documents responsive to the request.