Practical Search and Seizure

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Unlike attorneys, police officers do not have the luxury of sitting in an office mulling over law books to decide how to proceed. Officers often must make split-second decisions; thus, effective police work hinges on the immediate and correct application of search and seizure law. In fact, officers must have a better understanding of the Fourth Amendment, and the judicial system’s (federal and state) interpretation of the Fourth Amendment (based on court decisions) than attorneys. That said, this highly interactive, scenario-driven search and seizure course provides officers with up-to-date information concerning search and seizure case law. This course analyzes “real life’’ situations that officers confront on a daily basis, explores current and past federal and state court rulings (case law), and discusses the impact these rulings have on how officers perform their duties. This course will provide officers with a clear understanding of what they can and cannot do, with the goals of keeping officers proactive, productive, safe, and out of legal dilemmas.

This is an 8 hour class and starts at 8:00am and finishes at 5:00pm.

The class is funded through a grant from Colorado POST.   Although it is free to individual certified law enforcement students, POST has committed a substantial amount of funds to bring this class to this area.   If you cannot attend, please email Karen Pendergraft at [email protected] to withdraw at least 5 business days before the start date of the class to allow others to attend.