Request #20-2729

Michael Hayes

6 Bills Place

Brooklyn, NY 



May 22, 2020


To whom it may concern:

Under the California Public Records Act § 6250 et seq., I am requesting records relating to the Oakland Police Department’s use of and communications with drone manufacturer DJI Technology, Inc. (DJI).


I hereby request the following records:

  • Any contracts signed by your agency with DJI or with another party for DJI products.
  • Any invoices signed by your agency with DJI or with another party for DJI products.
  • Any quotes sent to your agency by DJI or to another party for DJI products.
  • Any DJI marketing materials, promotional documents or other vendor provided information about DJI.
  • Any DJI information about a trial with its products.
  • Emails between DJI or another party for DJI products and your agency.


The time period I am seeking emails for is 1/1/19 through the date that this records request is fulfilled.

The California Public Records Act requires a response within ten business days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.

For records that contain some exempt material and some non-exempt material, I request that you release the requested records with appropriate redactions. I also request that you provide me with the documents in electronic format where possible. If you deny any or all part of this request, please cite each specific exemption that you claim justifies your denial and notify me of the appellate procedures available under the law.

As a member of the media, I am requesting a fee waiver. There is limited public reporting and information about how DJI’s drones are used by local law enforcement agencies. This request seeks to provide information to the public that is not already widely known. My findings from this records request will be disseminated through media reports. 

If you determine that a fee waiver is not appropriate in this instance, and if the estimated cost associated with fulfilling this request exceeds $25, please contact me before proceeding to fulfill my request.

Please furnish all applicable records in electronic format to For records available only in a physical format, please send such records to: 6 Bills Place, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Should you have any questions concerning this request, please contact me by telephone at 203-364-7120 or via e-mail at




Michael Hayes



May 22, 2020 via web


June 1, 2020


Police Department





Point of Contact

Alisha Banda

Request Closed Public

The requested documents do not exist.

May 26, 2020, 9:28am
Department Assignment Public
Police Department
May 22, 2020, 10:52am
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
May 22, 2020, 10:52am