Posted: 5:53 p.m.
In part two of the Yuma Police Department's Media Academy, police focused on the procedures for search and seizure warrants and the basics of the type of training police officers receive.
Whether officers are called to an active criminal situation, or a regular traffic stop, there are rules law officers must follow in order to detain or search a person or property.
There are rigid guidelines, and if police violate them, any evidence obtained during that activity could be thrown out in court, according to Yuma police officers.
"On the search and seizure, we have very tight guidelines that we have to adhere by; and if we don't, it could damage our case, possibly," said Officer Joe Franklin with the Yuma Police Department.
To enter someone's home or property where that person has legal standing, an officer needs the owner's consent or a warrant to enter the premise, excluding extreme emergencies where there are exceptions.
In situations where there is a threat to the public or officers, police sometimes use a type of force.
The force must be justified by the level of threat, according to officers.
"If they're being aggressive toward us and attacking us, that could result in them being either tasered, or [getting sprayed with] the OC spray," Franklin said. "If we have a hostage situation, or someone barricaded inside, but with no weapon, we may send the canine in in order to bring them out."
In order to keep up with the changes in law regarding search and seizure warrants and other police procedures, officers receive yearly mandated training.
"There are always law updates; it keeps us informed on those also. Without that, it would really be hard to do our jobs," Franklin said.
In next week's Media Academy, police will demonstrate a mock situation where police have to decide whether to shoot or not, among other topics for discussion.