FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

Top News

SCOTUS to Rule on Warrantless Cell Phone Searches

January 21, 2014  | 

The Supreme Court said Friday it would rule on two cases that will determine whether police can search suspects' cell phones after they've been arrested, the Washington Post reports.

The twin rulings are likely to have broad implications for electronic privacy. Although a 1973 court case found that it was legal for law enforcement officers to perform a search of any containers on an arrestee's body — in order to determine whether the suspect was armed or carrying destructible evidence — the sheer amount of data carried on a mobile device these days makes it a potential source of valuable information to law enforcement agents.

On Aug. 22, 2009, David Riley was pulled over by San Diego police for driving with expired license plates. When officers inspected the vehicle, they discovered loaded firearms and put Riley under arrest. Officers then searched Riley's smartphone, learning of his connection with gangs and other gang members. That evidence, which included photos and videos from the phone, helped lead to Riley's conviction. The case is Riley v. California.

The second case in question, U.S. v. Wurie, involves the warrantless search of a simple flip phone and its call log. Brima Wurie, a Boston man, was arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs. When searched by police, Wurie turned up two phones. Officers used the call log from one of those phones to locate Wurie's home, search it, and find more drugs and a firearm — a discovery that resulted in additional charges.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: New Images of Suspects in Attack on Philadelphia School Officers
Police have released new images of three suspects wanted in the assault of school officers...
Video: Wanted Man Shoots Tennessee Officer in Chest
Body camera video from an Algood, TN, police officer shows the traffic stop shooting that...
1 Dead, 1 Injured in Shooting Outside Maryland School
A woman is dead and a man is injured Thursday afternoon in a shooting at a public high...
Video: Ambushed Philadelphia Officer Receives Man of Year Award
A Philadelphia Police officer who chased down a gunman after being shot during an ambush...
Video: California Officer Shot in Head After Pursuit
An Antioch, CA, police officer was reportedly shot in nearby Pittsburg Wednesday night...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine