Request #18-2143
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Re: LAPD Purchases of Israeli Surveillance & Policing Technology

Los Angeles Police Department
Public Records Request
August 16th, 2018

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code § 6250 et seq.), I hereby request the following records:

As reported in a press release by i-HLS and corroborated by an article in Forbes, Israeli start-up Eyeron Systems is currently manufacturing “micro-sized drones” with the intention of pursuing the market of US law enforcement and first-responder agencies. The company reportedly “works with strong distributors around the world and advanced purchasing procedures are underway with many customers. Letters of intent were received from leading fire and police departments in the US.”
[https://i-hls.com/archives/84505]
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethmacbride/2018/07/31/these-drones-could-help-police-find-active-shooters/#36740fae5c2f]
In reference to the above articles, we hereby request:

  • Any and all communications by the department with Eyeron, Nimrod Ron (founder/CEO), or any distributors regarding products by Eyeron, including but not limited to monetary transactions, purchase agreements, purchase orders, invoices, MOUs, letters of intent, negotiations, consultation on product specifications, and past or existing contracts, from January 1st, 2016 to August 16, 2018 (or the day this request is submitted)
  • Any and all correspondences with the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Los Angeles Police Foundation, Los Angeles Fire Department, or any other union, organization, city department or government agency regarding the purchasing/receiving or intent to purchase or receive products by Eyeron Systems, from January 1st, 2016 to August 16, 2018
  • Any and all manuals, training materials, brochures, or other documents related to the use of products and technology by Eyeron Systems that have been exchanged with the department, from January 1st, 2016 to August 16, 2018

As reported by a press release by i-HLS, and corroborated by an article in the Jewish Journal, i-HLS, in collaboration with an entity called Strategy 360, also organized a tour in Israel for a delegation of eight LAPD officers to visit Israeli surveillance companies in 2014. The trip was “organized by Deputy Chief Michael Downing, commander of the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, and led by Horace Frank, commander of the LAPD Information Technology (IT) Bureau.”
[https://i-hls.com/archives/27918]
[https://jewishjournal.com/news/los_angeles/126740/]
[https://i-hls.com/archives/27654]
In reference to the above articles, we hereby request:

Any and all communications between the department and department members and i-HLS and/or Strategy 360, from April 1st 2013 to August 16th 2018, especially, but not limited to, correspondences with Horace Frank and Michael Downing.

  • Any monetary transactions, purchase agreements, purchase orders, invoices, MOUs, letters of intent, negotiations, consultation on product specifications, and past or existing contracts with NICE Systems, Verint, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Sky Sapience, Tiltan, Athena, Ness or other companies visited on the 2014 trip, from April 1st 2013 to August 16th 2018.
  • Any and all manuals, training materials, brochures, or other documents related to the use of products and technology by the above companies that have been exchanged with the department
  • Any records or documents, in text or in any media (including audio or video), of the contents of the speeches or presentations given by Horace Frank or other department members at i-HLS’s Big Data Conference.
  • Any records of the itinerary, travel plans, or meetings held during the referenced February 2014 trip organized by i-HLS and Strategy 360.

Under the California Public Records Act § 6250 et seq. the government is allowed to charge only the cost of copying materials. I am requesting that you waive all applicable fees associated with this request as I believe this request is in the public interest and is not for commercial use. Release of this information is in the public interest because it will contribute significantly to public understanding of government operations and activities. If you deny this request for a fee waiver, please advise me in advance of the estimated charges associated with fulfilling this request. Please send me a detailed and itemized explanation of those charges.

In the interest of expediency, and to minimize the research and/or duplication burden on your staff, please send records electronically if possible. If this is not possible, please notify me before sending to the address listed below:

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Please contact me if you have any questions about my request. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days (as required by the statute).

Very truly yours,

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August 16, 2018 via web


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Request Published Public
October 24, 2018, 9:05am
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18-2143A.pdf
18-2143B - Memo Style.pdf
18-2143C.pdf
18-2143D.pdf
October 24, 2018, 9:05am
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Dear Requester,

We have reviewed your request for All information on LAPD purchases of Israeli Surveillance and Policing Technology.  The Department has reviewed your request, searched for responsive records, and responds as follows:

Request No. 1: All communication from January 1, 2016 to August 16, 2018 from Deputy Chief Michael Downing (23692) and Horace Frank (25958) to the following companies: Eyeron, i-HLS Israel’s Homeland Security, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Sky Sepience, Tiltan, Athena, Ness and Strategy 360

Response to Request No. 1: The only emails found were addressed to Horace Frank from i-HLS.  The emails are either in English or they are in both English and Hebrew. These emails are attached to this response.

Request No. 2: “Any monetary transactions, purchase agreements, purchase orders, invoices, MOUs, letters of intent, negotiations, consultation on product specifications, and past or existing contracts with NICE Systems, Verint, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Sky Sapience, Tiltan, Athena, Ness or other companies visited on the 2014 trip from April 1, 2013 to August 16, 2018”.

Response to Request No, 2: From January 1, 2016 to the present the LAPD made no purchases from the listed vendors.  The ICTS World Summit in Israel in 20014 was not attended.

If you have any questions please reply.

Respectfully,

Legal Affairs Discovery CPRA Unit.

October 24, 2018, 9:01am
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18-2143A.pdf
18-2143B - Memo Style.pdf
18-2143C.pdf
18-2143D.pdf
October 24, 2018, 8:55am
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09/10/2018 (was 09/19/2018). Correction of Error
September 10, 2018, 9:20am
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August 17, 2018, 1:49pm
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August 16, 2018, 10:51am
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August 16, 2018, 10:51am