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Advanced Search and Seizure

Advanced Search and Seizure

  • Bristol, VA - 06/25/2024 04:00 AM

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The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is pleased to announce the opportunity to attend “Advanced Search and Seizure” training presented by Professional Law Enforcement Training, LLC.

Course Description:

Search and Seizure case law is consistently changing in the United States, and this directly impacts law enforcement officers’ ability to legally conduct searches during criminal investigations, pedestrian encounters, and traffic stops. Thousands of cases are lost every year across the country due to illegal searches by law enforcement. This one-day training course will provide officers the most up-to-date court rulings impacting search and seizure. Officers will not only get a refresher on the 4th Amendment and search warrant exceptions, but a practical application will be applied.

Real-world scenarios will be presented in class to encourage discussions. Often, classes become divided on whether an example was a “good search” or “bad search.” Officers will learn from the scenarios and are better prepared to answer the tough questions in court if a search is challenged.

This course provides sound search and seizure techniques that will aid officers in building a solid case supported by evidence. Officers will also learn how to draft penal interest search warrants, anticipatory search warrants, and techniques to overcome the “Knock & Announce” requirements. Over the past several years, dozens of law enforcement officers have been sent to prison because of falsifying search warrant affidavits. Case studies will be presented to show officers how taking shortcuts in search warrant affidavits can lead to unemployment and felony convictions.

Topics to be Covered Include:

  • Understanding the 4th Amendment

  • Up-to-date Search & Seizure Court Rulings

  • Search Warrant Exceptions

  • Anticipatory & Penal Interest Search Warrants

  • Search Warrant Suppression Hearings

  • Civil Liability for Police Officers

  • Vehicle Searches

  • Search Warrant Preparation

Who Should Attend:

This training is only available to sworn law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Partial In-service Credit:

Partial In-service Credit (PIC) for Virginia law enforcement officers will be available.


There is no fee to attend this training.

Travel, Lodging, and Meals:

Transportation, lodging and meals are the responsibility of the participant.

Training Time and Details:

Sign in begins at 7:30 a.m.

Training begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m. 


DCJS Page Contact

Chris Scuderi
Prog Admin Specialist II
Law Enforcement and Public Safety Training
(804) 482-8780