Search Warrants and Affidavits: Advanced

Course Hours: 24.0 Hours

Course Description

Through classroom presentation and discussion, this course provides Georgia officers with current warranted search and seizure standards as provided by Georgia statute and case law of the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Topics to be covered include: the search warrant requirement, obtaining a search warrant court order, use of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) Search Warrant Template, establishing probable cause, sources of information, independent investigations, authoring the "no-knock" clause, and execution and return of warrants. Officers will prepare a search warrant application and command in an end of course performance examination.


Must be a certified peace officer of the State of Georgia to attend. There are NO other prerequisites for this course.

Who Should Attend

Search and seizure is a complex, highly fact-specific, and constantly evolving area of the law. The purpose of this course is to expose officers to the constitutional and statutory concepts, provisions, and considerations that when properly applied, result in lawful and Constitutionally defensible searches and seizures. Given the importance of the Fourth Amendment and its application in day to day law enforcement operations, it is strongly recommended that all Georgia peace officers attend this class regardless of their current duty assignment.

Special Notes

For off-campus courses, students must have access to a laptop, tablet or desktop computer and printer. This course is required for the POST Advanced Certification.

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