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Advanced Search & Seizure for Narcotics Officers

Advanced Search & Seizure for Narcotics Investigations


Advanced Search & Seizure for Narcotics Investigations

Formats: In-Person

This advanced course covers the most important legal issues for proactive narcotics officers and street officers. Topics include undercover operations inside homes and business. Writing and executing drug warrants. Knock and announce issues. Anticipatory warrants. K9 searches. Vehicle stops, including pretext “wall stops.” And much, much more.

Topics Covered

This class covers the following topics:

  1. The two types of searches covered by the Fourth Amendment

  2. Finally, we discuss the legal issues regarding the most used searches and seizures by narcotics officers, in particular:

    • What one of three exceptions an officer needs every time a search or seizure is conducted

    • How to effectively articulate citizen-consensual encounters

    • How to articulate any consensual search, and what are the many pitfalls to avoid

    • What is apparent authority to consent to search, and what if officers are mistaken

    • How to conduct an investigative detention, and how to transition to a P.C. stop or back down to a consensual encounter

    • When to search vehicles for narcotics

    • Stops based on anonymous tips

  3. Building solid probable cause, including these topics:

    • Confidential informants

    • Reliability of “citizen informers”

    • The two collective knowledge doctrines

    • Articulating constructive possession offenses

  4. Dealing with homes, in particular:

    • Warrantless entry to prevent to destruction of evidence

    • Entries based on deception or ruses

    • Hot pursuit entries and plain view seizures

  5. Interview and interrogation law, including these topics:

    • Miranda requirements and pitfalls

    • What are prohibited coercive factors

    • How to obtain effective waivers

    • When does a suspect invoke, and what right is invoked

    • How to legally reinitiate the interrogation after an invocation

    • Miranda exceptions

    • How courts handle Miranda violations

  6. And much more!

This course is only offered as live face-to-face classroom instruction.  Students receive a completion certificate and the latest edition of the Search & Seizure Survival Guide

Search & Seizure Survival Guide

All students receive the extremely popular and useful Search & Seizure Survival Guide. This field guide was designed from the ground up for police officers. It provides guidance on almost every imaginable search and seizure scenario, including advice on how to articulate the necessary legal doctrines in police reports. 

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