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North Dakota OKs Less-Lethal Drones

It's legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to use unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called drones. Now House Bill 1328 explicitly states that they may be used to deploy non-lethal force and restricts how departments can use the unmanned aircraft to gather evidence.

August 27, 2015

Entries and Civil Liability

Entries and Civil Liability

Fortunately, the Supreme Court recently overturned two federal court rulings that had exposed officers to potential liability in cases involving warrantless entries.

July 7, 2015

Search Warrant Basics

Search Warrant Basics

There are good reasons why officers need to become more comfortable with writing search warrant applications, and to delay non-emergency searches until warrants can be obtained.

April 28, 2015

Video: Illinois Officer, Gunman Shot During Search Warrant Service
Illinois Officer, Gunman Shot During Search Warrant Service
Cell Phone Search Incident to Arrest

Cell Phone Search Incident to Arrest

Just when it looks like a rule is finally refined to the point of general understanding, the Supreme Court takes an unexpected turn, as it recently did on the subject of searching an arrestee's cell phone incident to his arrest.

July 11, 2014

Court Rules Officers Need Warrants to Search Arrestees' Phones

The old rules, Chief Justice Roberts said, cannot be applied to “modern cellphones, which are now such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy.”

June 25, 2014

Kansas Law Makers Open Police Records

Kansas legislators have approved legislation opening some law enforcement records to the public, bringing the state in line with the practice across the country.

May 19, 2014

2 Texas Officers Shot Serving Warrant

2 Texas Officers Shot Serving Warrant

Two Killeen, Texas, police officers were shot Friday morning as Tactical Response officers and Bell County deputies served a search warrant at a Killeen residence.

May 9, 2014

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