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Border Search Authority and the Fourth Amendment

The concept of border search authority and the recognition of the value it brings to our nation is as old as our Constitution itself. Today, men and women of the United States Department of Homeland Security are entrusted with border search authority to aid them in their mission of protecting the people of the United States.

What to do with Seized Evidence

The case is finished. The suspect has been tried, convicted, and sentenced, and there is no longer a need to waste precious office space on holding seized evidence. What is a law enforcement department or agency supposed to do with seized evidence? Must seized evidence always be destroyed?

Firearms Inventory and Tracking

When firearms belonging to law enforcement personnel are lost or stolen, the department or agency to which that weapon belongs is placed in a terrible predicament. In addition to the financial loss that occurs when a firearm is lost or stolen, law enforcement departments or agencies find themselves at risk of facing legal action if the lost or stolen firearm is subsequently used in the commission of a crime.

Computer Crimes

Computers have abundantly changed the lives of every man, woman, and child in the United States. Unfortunately, this also means that criminals are also using computers and there is some kind of nexus to a computer with nearly every crime committed.

The Task Force Model | Working Together

Law enforcement task forces are an extremely effective tool in the fight against crime. When these officers come together and successfully work in unison, these officers can often achieve results that would not have been possible for just one law enforcement department or agency to obtain.

Investigations | Abandoned Houses

Abandoned properties can be havens for criminal behavior, ranging from drug dens, to theft rings, to murder. They serve as a breeding ground for criminals to reside in, virtually undetected, while harming a community, and also a place to dispose of evidence where law enforcement access is restricted.

In Memory of Chief of Police Carl G. Nelson

Chief Nelson was young to the career of law enforcement, he was also young in life, he was 25 years old when he died. The fact that the citizens of Carrington put money together to get a train exclusively for his transport to St. Paul says much about how they felt about Chief Nelson.

Investigations | Illegal Dumping Cases

While many illegal dumping incidents are perpetrated by people who are attempting to avoid landfill or disposal fees, there are instances where closer examination of illegal dumping should be investigated. Let’s review some scenarios your agency may be exposed to and discuss some additional tactics and strategies that your agency may want to employ.

Mishandled or Lost Physical Evidence

Most law enforcement officers performing investigative duties are thorough, hardworking, and good at what they do. That being said, even the best investigators make mistakes from time to time.

Proper Forensic Examination of Electronic Evidence

Unlike law enforcers of yesterday, all officers performing investigative duties today will eventually encounter and have to process electronic evidence of some kind. Even if a law enforcement officer is not certified to forensically examine electronic evidence, he/she must have some basic knowledge of computer forensics and electronic evidence management.