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Advanced Search and Seizure

Advanced Search and Seizure

Advanced Search and Seizure

Length: 8 hours

Advanced Search and Seizure is a comprehensive, blended-learning, one-day course focusing on Constitutional concepts related to the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments of the United States Constitution. Through the use of scenario-based training, participants will explore the limitations and framework of these amendments utilizing up-to-date case law from the United States Supreme Court along with various persuasive or compelling rulings from federal circuits around the United States. Participants will learn and understand procedures involving various legal principles they must follow from the initial police/citizen encounter to various seizures, searches, and/or interrogations.

The legal issues to be addressed by this course affect law enforcement in a variety of ways. First, the manner in which an officer conducts law enforcement operations may influence the prosecution of offenders. Additionally, the professionalism and credibility of officers and agencies will be scrutinized and challenged where cases are lost due to a technical failure by officers to follow the ever-changing legal requirements. Finally, officers and agencies may face exposure to civil liability where there has been some deviation from the constitutional rules.

Audience:

This course is ideal for all sworn law enforcement personnel, regardless of rank.

Participant Feedback:

“I liked the practical knowledge discussed that we use in the field. Course answered several questions referencing situations I deal with daily.”

"... this is the first legal issue class that I lost track of time and was surprised when the end came. An outstanding class, I recommend this class to all agencies, local, state or federal.”

Community Policing — Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust

Community Policing — Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust

Relating to Racial Profiling

Length: 16 hours

Since the early 1980s, the principles of community policing have been a driving force in American law enforcement. Yet for all of its past success, community policing may never have been as vital to law enforcement and the well-being of our communities as it is today. Community Policing — Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust is a 16-hour, facilitator-led course that explores how change, emerging issues, and threats are necessitating a commitment to the key components of community policing: partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving.

The course includes an examination of the current state of policing—both locally and nationally— addressing the current and emerging issues that challenge the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies and the well-being of the communities they serve. The challenges faced by law enforcement are often part of a “cycle of dysfunction” that left unchecked can have devastating long-term impacts on police practitioners, their agencies, and entire communities.

Throughout the course, participants examine racial profiling–related policy issues, the ineffectiveness of racial profiling in enforcement activities, and the costly impact of racial profiling (real or perceived) on the community. Focusing on ways to achieve legitimacy through a demonstrated commitment to procedural justice, the course encourages participants to develop and employ more functional patrol techniques that increase cooperation from community members, increase efficiency in arrests and seizure activity, and decrease liability associated with complaints.

Community Policing — Improving Police Efficacy and Building Trust challenges participants to explore the principles and practices of community policing as a means of achieving the public safety mission with greater efficiency by gaining and maintaining public trust and engaging the community in the shared responsibility of effective policing.

Audience:

This program is ideal for law enforcement practitioners, criminal justice and public safety professionals, and appropriate stakeholders.

Participant Feedback:

“The instructor is on the cutting edge of changing our current model of policing.”

“The training environment was energetic and we had a great debate toward a common goal of successful police work.”

The Search Warrant Process

The Search Warrant Process

The Search Warrant Process

Length: 8 hours

The Search Warrant Process is an eight-hour course designed to teach participants how to write a state search warrant affidavit. Participants will be exposed to a significant amount of case law as it pertains to each section of a search warrant affidavit, as well as recognized exceptions to the warrant requirement and issues surrounding warrant executions and court.

Throughout the course, participants will review the United States Constitution (4th Amendment), the Constitution of Virginia, Virginia State Code and other peripheral issues. Students discuss the Virginia State Code (VSC) requirements pertaining to search warrants and mandated requirements for writing, obtaining, and executing a search warrant. The legal aspects of warrantless searches and the exceptions to the search warrant requirement are also studied. Throughout the class, case law from the Virginia Supreme Court, the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US Supreme Court are discussed in depth, highlighting the importance that every affiant know and adhere to the most up-to-date legal decisions governing their actions. The course culminates with a practical exercise in which participants write an actual affidavit and subsequently receive instructor feedback on each section.

Audience:

This course is highly recommended for all sworn law enforcement personnel, including those who have experience writing search warrants as well as those who have never written one.

Participant Feedback:

“Very informational, contained very valuable information and lots of application."

“Great course that detailed the search warrant process from beginning to end."

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