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Writing Narcotic Search Warrants


This course is restricted to US military and law enforcement personnel.

Course Description

Writing Narcotic Search Warrants is designed to educate students on the essential elements needed to write and obtain a search warrant while conducting criminal investigations. It will instruct students on how to compose an affidavit and improve their abilities and skills needed to write a clear, concise and factual basis for search warrants. The course will address requirements established by federal and/or state specific constitutional authorities in order to develop probable cause. Officers will be taught the principles of writing the affidavit and warrant rather than how to plug information into a blank spot in a template. Participants learn how to relay information from informants in the affidavit while still maintaining confidentiality of the informant's identity.

Topics Included

  • Purpose of a search warrant
  • Types and nuances of different search warrants
  • Federal and state specific constitutional requirements
  • Basis for, and effective development of, the affidavit under differing facts/circumstances
  • Contents of the warrant
  • Documentation of probable cause
  • Relaying information from informants without compromising the informant’s identity
  • Suppression hearings
  • Civil liability
  • Criminal liability
  • Defending search warrants in court
  • Legal considerations for financial investigations

Course Length

Writing Narcotic Search Warrants is a 3 day (24 hour) course.


There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

Required Equipment

Students should bring a laptop computer to complete the practical exercises

This event is offered on the following dates

Writing Narcotic Search Warrants
Monday, August 30, 2021 - Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Johnston, IA - Midwest Counterdrug Training Center

Writing Narcotic Search Warrants
Monday, October 18, 2021 - Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Pharr, TX - South Texas College Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence

Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
7105 NW 70th Bldg 3585  Johnston, IA 50131
1-800-803-6532 (commercial), 431-4756 (DSN), 515-727-3613 (Fax)