The student will develop an understanding of general search and seizure requirements as well as obtain the ability to author a sound search warrant. Because constitutional policing upholds people’s civil rights, emphasis is placed on police case law and general criminal investigations including vehicle searches, narcotics seizures and warrantless searches as well as authoring search warrants specific to body intrusions, digital devices (cell phones/computers/social media) and special circumstances. The course will allow patrol officers and investigators to write search warrants based upon scenarios and participate in practical exercises inclusive of all phases of the search warrant process.
The student will develop a better understanding of general search and seizure requirements as well as obtain the ability to author a sound search warrant by understanding each of the following topic areas.
Instructor and student introductions
Legal requirements for a search
4th Amendment to the United States Constitution
Motor Vehicle Searches
Search and Seizure – Bodily Intrusion
California Penal Code 1546 (CalECPA)
Searches of digital devices
Search Warrant terminology
CA PC 1523-1529
Components of a Search Warrant A. Search Warrant
Search Warrant Returns
Locations and Items to be searched and legal descriptions
Items to be searched for – CAPC152
Appropriate Language to Request Items
Overbroad search warrants leading to it being invalid
Special Circumstances – Hobbs
General Seal orders
Anticipatory Search Warrants and Other Uses
Presenting a Search Warrant to a Judge
Physical “paper” search warrant
Electronically submitted search warrant
Telephonic search warrant
Service of a Search Warrant
Developing an operations plan
Warrants to be used through Patrol Investigations
Cellular Telephone Records
Active Geo/Locate Pings
Students will be provided scenarios which they will complete a search warrant
Student search warrants will be discussed with class
Jesse Harker has been with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office since 2008. In 2016, Jesse promoted to Senior Deputy where he began handling complex sexual assault investigations in the Bakersfield Metropolitan area. In 2018, Jesse was assigned to the Investigations Division as a Homicide Detective. With Kern County consistently holding one of the highest homicide rates (per capita) in the state of California, Jesse has led the investigations of numerous homicides of varying nature. Jesse has also led the investigations of several officer involved shootings, and has been an officer involved shooting instructor for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. These investigations have given him exceptional experience in the authoring of search warrants and knowledge of search & seizure law. Jesse’s previous assignments include: Patrol Deputy and Field Training Officer.
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