Dear Officer Friendly,
How does it work if say a police department in county A has a warrant for a bad guy who they know is living in county B? Do they just go in or is there some type of protocol to be followed? Thanks.
Good question. It all depends upon the nature of the warrant. If this regards a high profile case, the issuing agency will usually want to serve the warrant themselves. Protocol and common sense suggests advising the host department where the warrant is being served, that you are doing so in their town. This way, in the event of things going wrong and John Q. Public dialing 911, at least the host department knows what is going on.
Early one weekday morning, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agency, which will remain anonymous, came into our town to serve a federal warrant. They got into a shootout and the 911 board lit up with phone calls. Unfortunately, they didn’t advise us they were serving the warrant which lead to a couple of tense moments with cops and feds pointing guns at each other.
With regards to lesser warrants, the issuing agency will normally send a teletype to the host agency, advising them that they hold an outstanding warrant for the bad guy living in their town and asking that host agency to serve the warrant.
Why is it always said (on the TV programs, I guess) that motive is the
LEAST important ?
Motive is always important to a case, especially when it gets to court and the D.A. is trying to show the jury why the defendant would want to have committed the crime. Evidence and eye witnesses are always going to be the strongest parts of the case but a jury needs to understand the why of the crime. “Gee, he seems like a nice enough guy. I can’t believe he would do such a thing. Why, would he want to do such a horrible thing?” He did it for money. He did it for love. He did it out of jealousy. “Ah, now I see. The dirty rat!”
I received a question this week regarding Internal Affairs investigations. Due to what will be a lengthy answer, I’m going to save that question for next week, so, don’t forget to tune in…
Last week I talked a little about Hollywoodisms that bug me on TV shows and in the movies. What have you seen TV/movie cops do that you know is a Hollywoodism and bugs you?