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  • Celebrating 20 Years of Training Excellence 2004-2024

  • Search, Seizure, and Search Warrants


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.

Course Outline

Course Objective

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.

Course Details

  • Course Overview
  • Instructor and student introductions
  • Legal requirements for a search
  • 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution
  • Warrantless Searches
  • 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
  • Common Errors
  • Overbroad search warrants leading to it being invalid
  • Special Circumstances – Hobbs
  • General Seal orders
  • Special Masters
  • 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
  • Ramey Warrants
  • Steagald Warrants
  • Cellular Telephone Records
  • Active Geo/Locate Pings
  • Practical exercises
  • Students will be provided scenarios which they will complete a search warrant
  • Student search warrants will be discussed with class
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