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By BJ Bourg
There is simply no excuse for a no-knock warrant on the wrong location. Authenticate the intel, thoroughly document the location, and completely communicate to all involved. If in doubt, stay out. You don’t want to be making a case study remembered for all time.
(This article was originally published in Tactical Response Spring 2016)
By Pam McDonald, Randy Means
Some people have the impression that courts hold police to impossibly high standards. A recent U.S. Supreme Court case reminds that this impression should not be so and provides some relief for officers who make reasonable mistakes.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Feb 2015)
By Joe Devanney
The Supreme Court in a major ruling held that the use of a police dog to sniff a car's exterior for drugs is not a violation of the Fourth Amendment, even if the officers did not have reason to believe drugs were in the car.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Apr 2005)
By Joe Petrocelli
The “Plain View” doctrine allows law enforcement officers to seize contraband or evidence of a crime without first obtaining a search warrant. A solid grasp of what a plain view search is and what its minimum requirements are is important for every officer.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Jul 2006)
By Randy Means
Just because a stop is permissible doesn’t mean a frisk is permissible.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Mar 2008)
By Pam McDonald
A Terry Stop cannot last forever. A point comes when the suspect must be arrested or released.
(This article was originally published in Law and Order Nov 2009)