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 Course Title:   Arrest, Search, & Seizure

 Title Abbreviation:   ARREST SEARCH SEIZURE

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    206

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    430104

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Examination of the laws of arrest, probable cause, and search and seizure, including search of the person, premises, motor vehicles and emergency searches. Involves the use of necessary Federal cases, Washington State constitution (where applicable), Washington State cases, rules of criminal procedure, and the applicability of the requirements of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


Prerequisite: CJ 111.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the US Constitutional requirements for a valid arrest, search and seizure.
  2. Itemize in respect to “probable cause.”
    • Definition
    • Illustrations
    • The ingredients of probable cause
    • The basis for the methodical build-up of probable cause for the planned arrest as opposed to the immediate confrontation or emergency arrest.
    • The meaning and application of Beck v. Ohio.
  3. Relate the meaning of the Statute of Limitations to include basic application to felonies, misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, and what is meant by tolling a statute of limitations, how one is tilled, to include the effect of running the Statute of Limitations.
  4. Describe the problems of detentions without arrest, and considerations involved.
  5. Describe the Washington State rules for officer’s power of arrest and the limited data available in the State of Washington on the citizen’s power of arrest.
  6. Specify the application of Mapp v Ohio to searches and seizures in terms of what does it mean, specifically the application of the exclusionary rule to searches and seizures, and what is the “Exclusionary Rule.”
  7. Itemize the basic authorities an officer has to search; first generally, and then as to persons, premises and finally motor vehicles. In so doing, the student will demonstrate a knowledge of three cases in the regard, specifically Vale, Chimel and the Carroll case.
  8. Relate the applicable rules (and source) for obtaining a search warrant, when must it be executed, when returned, and on what basis must a search warrant be founded.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.4 Evaluate decisions by analyzing outcomes and the impact of actions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.4 Use self-reflection to recognize and define a sense of self-identity in personal, social/gender, and/or cultural/global terms and in relationship to others.

Course Contents

  1. Arrest-citizen arrest/officer power.
  2. Probable cause.
  3. Detention.
  4. Force.
  5. Search & seizure.
  6. Specific authorities to search.
  7. Scope of lawful search:
    • Lawful inspection.
    • Persons.
    • Motor vehicle.
    • Premises.
  8. Electronic surveillance.