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Vehicle Search and Seizure

 

Course Description: This course will provide the patrol officer with an understanding of appropriate search and seizure practices as they relate to vehicles and their occupants. Areas of concentration will include an examination of state and federal constitutional standards; adherence to the search warrant requirement; appropriate utilization of exceptions to the search warrant requirement; and matters related to levels of police/citizen interactions.  A description of current and relevant case law will be provided and discussed as well as current trends in the hiding of contraband.

Instructional Hours: 1 Day/8 Hours

Instructional Objectives:  After completion, the student will be able to:

  •  From memory, identify the requisite suspicion necessary to initiate a lawful vehicle stop, as mandated by Title 75, Pa.C.S. Section 6308(b).
  •  From memory, explain the manner in which all searches and seizures must be implemented, as required by the 4th Amendment of the U.S.  Constitution and Article 1, Section 8, of the PA Constitution.
  •  From memory, state the six recognized exceptions to the warrant requirement, as discussed in class. From memory, state the six recognized exceptions to the warrant requirement, as discussed in class.
  •  From memory, identify the two circumstances that must be present to conduct a search pursuant to the automobile exception to the warrant requirement, as cited in Commonwealth v Gary.
  •  From memory, identify the two factors that must be established to support a search pursuant to the valid consent exception to the warrant requirement, as cited in Commonwealth v Reid / Commonwealth v Strickler.
  •  From memory, explain the scope of a proper Terry search of an automobile, as cited in Commonwealth v Morris.
  •  From memory, identify the three factors that permit a search in accordance with the plain view exception to the warrant requirement, as cited in Commonwealth v Wells.
  •  From memory, explain the two rationales that support the search incident to arrest exception to the warrant requirement, as discussed in class.
  •  From memory, identify the two factors that must be established to support a search pursuant to the inventory search exception to the warrant requirement, as cited in Commonwealth v Hennigan.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted; MP; LEO

MPOETC CLEE Hours: 6 - CLEE ID# - CLE00552

Additional Information: N/A

Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130.

Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.

 
 

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Notes
NWTC4/12/2018 9:00 AM4/12/2018 3:00 PMSergeant Chris J. Abbate, 814-332-8666, cabbate@pa.gov No