Course detail: Search and Seizure in the 21st Century
- Participants will employ best practices as they investigate any crime from its beginning to its eventual disposition; either as an individual or as part of an investigatory team.
- Draft the search warrant application.
- Draft the supporting affidavit/preparing to give testimony in support of a search warrant application.
- Draft search warrants in specific situations, including search warrants for the body of a defendant, including bodily fluids to be found therein: Electronic communication records, such as e-mail records, cellular phone records, and text message records, Social media records (Facebook, Snapchat, etc.), Other electronically-stored records, such as Sony or Microsoft records, GPS tracking devices.
- Draft search warrants for information/records/evidence held by out-of-state and out-of-country entities.
- Describe the differences between writing a report or narrative and writing an affidavit.
- List the legal requirements necessary to obtain a search warrant.
- Articulate probable cause to a court in writing.
- Understand the need to "describe with particularity" the place to be searched and the evidence sought and demonstrate how to do this.
- Organize information in an affidavit regarding completed or ongoing investigations.
- Guided discussions
- Written and critiqued exercises
- Sworn public safety officers
- Volunteer law enforcement auxiliary members
- Others responsible for assisting in the investigation of criminal activity