Vehicle Searches 1.0

Vehicle Searches 1.0 

It is 3:00 a.m., you are patrolling on the highway that runs through your district. You observe a moving vehicle that you suspect may have committed, is about to commit, or is committing a crime. What does the Constitution allow you to do in regard to legally stopping this vehicle? Under what conditions can you legally search the vehicle, its occupants, or its contents? If you are not sure of the answers to these questions, then this course is for you. This course is designed to help guide an officer through the difficult process of determining what the Fourth Amendment allows with regard to stopping and/or searching vehicles, occupants and containers. Officers are called upon everyday to make decisions about whether or not they can stop a particular vehicle, order the occupants out of the vehicle, or legally search the occupants and the vehicle. The purpose of this course is to assist officers in understanding the rulings of the Supreme Court that will help them make decisions that are consistent with the Fourth Amendment rulings when searching vehicles and occupants.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training


This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.00 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training


Relias Learning is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course Vehicle Searches 1.0, 10397-0159 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 1.00 hours of continuing education.

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Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-VEHS
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2021
Learning Objectives:
Explain why the Fourth Amendment was included in the Constitution.
Define the terms critical to understanding the Fourth Amendment.
List the key elements of the Carroll Doctrine.
List the justifications for stopping a vehicle.
List the types of searches that apply to vehicles.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Fourth Amendment Background A. Fourth Amendment Background B. An Interesting Fact C. Guiding Light for Prosecutors D. Fourth Amendment Background E. An Interesting Fact F. Fourth Amendment Background Section 3: Definition of Terms A. Definition of Terms B. Guiding Light for Prosecutors C. An Interesting Fact D. Definition of Terms Section 4: The Automobile Exception A. The Automobile Exception B. Guiding Light for Prosecutors C. The Automobile Exception D. An Interesting Fact E. The Automobile Exception Section 5: Justifications for a Vehicle Stop A. Legal Justifications for a Vehicle Stop B. An Interesting Fact C. Justifications for a Vehicle Stop Section 6: Types of Vehicle Searches A. Types of Vehicle Searches B. Guiding Light for Prosecutors C. Types of Vehicle Searches D. Guiding Light for Prosecutors E. Types of Vehicle Searches F. An Interesting Fact G. Types of Vehicle Searches Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. References

Instructor: David Lee Salmon II, BS
David Lee Salmon has a BS in Criminal Justice from San Houston State University, Texas. David's background includes being a Law Enforcement and Jail Risk Manager, as well as having served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. He currently is the OSS Academy Training Coordinator, based in Texas, providing Law Enforcement and Corrections staff with online training. David also serves as the Vice-President of the OSS Law Enforcement Advisors, which provides risk management services, expert witness services, training programs, and law enforcement management tools. Disclosure: David Lee Salmon II, BS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Law Enforcement.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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