Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Police execute warrants and don't inform the local police agency. To me, this is just plain wrong. Unless you are arresting officers from the local agency or their known associates, then you need to notify the local agency prior to executing the warrant. If there are concerns that the local agency is tipping off the crooks, there are still ways to make the notification.

Just before your officers are ready to go in, you can phone the local agency watch commander and inform him of what you are doing. There are many reasons to inform the local agency. If things go sideways, they will be needed to back you up. If the neighbors spot your officers creeping around in the yards, they may phone the locals. You don't want them responding with red light and sirens just as you are ready to break down the door.

Arrest and search warrants need to be confidential for as long as possible before they are served. The suspect can flee or dispose of the contraband or evidence if he is warned prior to the warrant being served. If you suspect the locals are passing information, the timing of the notification of the locals does become critical; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

In our case we (sheriff's dept) serve all the warrants in the County. If we called the PD every time we served a warrant in the city limits we'd never get off the phone. I can see it on drug raids, etc. but not on every arrest warrant.

Bunkermeister said...

Here local PDs serve them all the time for cases that involve their own cities.