The objective of your training is to help attendees learn how to differentiate between probable cause and reasonable suspicion
The objective of your training is to help attendees learn how to differentiate between probable cause and reasonable suspicion. Essentially, your job is to provide these trainers with the tools to return to their agencies and make these concepts and issues clear to their officers. Effectively presenting this information can be the difference between a case being dismissed for lack of probable cause, and a deserving criminal defendant being prosecuted effectively.
Your training should address, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:
- A definition of search and seizure
- A discussion of who the Fourth Amendment regulates
- A discussion of the reasonableness clause and the warrant clause of the Fourth Amendment
- A definition of probable cause and of reasonable suspicion, and a discussion of the current state of the law on probable cause and reasonable suspicion
- At least 2 different fact scenarios to illustrate the steps in the decision-making process for an officer in determining whether probable cause or reasonable suspicion exist
- A discussion of the current state of the law in stop-and-frisk
- A discussion of the consequences to law enforcement for violating the Fourth Amendment (such as the exclusionary rule or civil or criminal liability)
- Any other information you believe important to convey in training on this topic
You must support your presentation with a minimum of 5 legitimate sources.