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R4 Blue to Gold Advanced Traffic Stops- Idaho Falls

January 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course Number: R4247

Course Description:

This advanced course covers practically every legal issue regarding traffic stops. Topics include community caretaking and reasonable suspicion stops, warrantless searches, Miranda, consent searches, inventories, and much more. The latest cases regarding K9 searches is also taught. Students completing this course will know how to handle practically every search and seizure scenario they run into involving vehicles.

Topics Covered/Overview


Officers will be taught both black letter law and real world “best practices,” making them more professional on video and reducing their exposure to civil lawsuits.


Students who complete the course will:

  • Understand important case law regarding traffic stops

  • Understand that every search or seizure requires consent, a recognized exception, or a warrant

  • Know the rules regarding the six most common motor vehicle searches

  • Reduce or eliminated lawsuits

  • Make good case law

Training Modules

  1. The history of the motor vehicle exception and its rationale

  2. A thorough understanding of the Jones decision, which outlined when a trespass onto a constitutionally protected area becomes a search under the Fourth Amendment

  3. Pretext stops under Whren

  4. How the scope of a traffic stop is based on its underlying mission

  5. Issues regarding involuntary transportation

  6. Questioning occupants in light of the Rodriquez decision

  7. The four methods that allow an officer to inquire into other criminal activity without unlawfully extending the stop

  8. Under what circumstances passengers may be identified

  9. When passengers may be forced to stay in the vehicle

  10. Gaining lawful consent to search, and complying with any scope limitations

  11. Warrantless vehicle searches, including:

    • Protective sweep for weapons

    • Search incident to arrest

    • Search for arrest-related evidence

    • Inventories

    • K9 sniffs

    • Probable cause searches

Dates: January 19, 2022

Times: 0830-1700

Credit Hours: 7.5

Location: Idaho Falls Police Department Training Annex, 577 D St., Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Cost: $159.00 ($399 if you attend all three Blue to Gold Courses. Adv. Search and Seizure (Jan 18), Adv. Traffic Stops (Jan 19), Bulletproof Report Writing (Jan 20))

All students receive the extremely popular and useful Search & Seizure Survival Guide. We designed this book from the ground up for all police officers. The book guides officers on practically every search and seizure scenario, including advice on how to articulate the necessary legal doctrines in police reports.

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)


Instructor(s): Blue to Gold Instructors TBD

Remarks: To register, go to the Blue to Gold Training website located here-


January 19
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Idaho Falls Police Department


Idaho Falls Police Department Training Annex
740 Park Ave.
Idaho Falls, ID 83402 United States
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