The Bellefontaine Police Department's Citizens Police Academy was in its second session of class Thursday.
The first class of the academy has 15 students and will meet for 12 weeks on Thursday evenings for three hours. Some of the topics covered in the class are the Ohio Revised Code; arrest, search, and seizure; crime scene technique and investigation; and firearm instruction and safety.
The purpose of the class is to improve communications between the Bellefontaine Police Department and citizens. Also the class allows citizens to learn more about what their police department does.
The goal of the academy is to develop a closer relationship with the community in hopes of allowing the police department to better serve Bellefontaine and to help reduce crime.
Bellefontaine Police Sergeant Allen Shields describes the Citizens Academy.
Municipal Prosecutor Joe Bader was one of the instructors for Thursday night's class. He spoke with the academy about the constitutional and legal aspects of search and seizure. He spent time talking about the Mapp v. Ohio case, which decided evidence obtained through unreasonable search and seizure, violating the Fourth Amendment, cannot be used in state law criminal prosecution.
Bader comments on his topic from Thursday's class.
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Watch part of Bader’s discussion on search and seizure.