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Categories: Investigations, Patrol, Point of Law, Technology
New Restrictions on GPS Tracking

Police use of technology to catch criminals makes the U.S. Supreme Court nervous, as was evident in the recent Jones decision. In the absence of a...

https://www.policemag.com/340714/new-restrictions-on-gps-tracking
Categories: Patrol, Point of Law

Just because a prosecutor declines to file or a grand jury declines to indict does not necessarily mean there has been a bad arrest. Proving guilt in a...

https://www.policemag.com/339911/the-crime-charging-gap
Categories: Patrol, Point of Law
The 'Independent Source' Doctrine

If you can identify two or more ways to justify a detention, arrest, search, or entry, you increase the odds that at least one of them will be upheld...

https://www.policemag.com/340357/the-independent-source-doctrine
Categories: Investigations, Patrol, Point of Law
Entrapment

"The first duties of the officers of the law are to prevent, not to punish crime. It is not their duty to incite to and create...

https://www.policemag.com/340011/entrapment
Categories: Patrol, Point of Law
Expanded Definition of

When the government, in an attempt to get information, "trespasses" on any of the items specifically listed in the Fourth Amendment ("persons,...

https://www.policemag.com/340854/expanded-definition-of-search
Categories: Investigations, Patrol, Point of Law

If police take someone from one location and transport him or her involuntarily to a police facility for investigation, this will be considered a de...

https://www.policemag.com/339063/avoiding-de-facto-arrests
Categories: Investigations, Patrol, Point of Law, Training & Careers

It might be nice if law enforcement officers never had to lie to a criminal suspect in order to solve a crime. In fact, some police advisors do suggest...

https://www.policemag.com/339673/the-lawful-use-of-deception
Categories: Patrol, Point of Law

The Fourth Amendment governs three forms of activity: searches (intrusions into privacy), seizures of the person (detentions and arrests), and seizures...

https://www.policemag.com/339521/seizing-evidence-in-plain-view
Categories: Patrol, Point of Law
Updating Weapons Frisks

Although it's common to see the term "stop and frisk," it's possible that there might be justification for a stop, but not for a frisk.

https://www.policemag.com/340106/updating-weapons-frisks
Categories: Patrol, Point of Law
Stop and Identify

During a temporary detention, does a person have a duty to identify himself or herself to the detaining officer? Can a person be arrested for refusing to...

https://www.policemag.com/339251/stop-and-identify


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