System will help USU Police in obtaining warrants

Search warrants and DUI blood-draw warrants will be issued faster and more efficiently with the new electronic warrant that went live Thursday at the USU Police Department, said Capt. Steve Milne.Milne said USUPD will greatly benefit from the new method, called the “e-warrant,” because it makes submitting for a warrant and getting one approved much faster.Chief Criminal Deputy Tony Baird of the Cache County Attorney’s Office said he was surprised USU police was just getting started with this new program, but Milne said there wasn’t as much of a demand for USU to get it.”It was just a matter of getting the training and getting it done,” Milne said. “We don’t deal with near the volume of what they (Logan City Police) do on a daily basis. So it wasn’t killing us that we didn’t have it.”Officers who feel they definitely have probable cause for a warrant during the late hours of the night will find it significantly easier to expedite the process, he said.The most common use for the e-warrant, he said, would most likely be for suspicious odors in which calls are made concerning possible marijuana use.”Maybe a case has developed in the evening of stolen property, like a laptop computer,” Milne said. “Now what we can do is say we want a search warrant for a laptop computer.”Logan City Police have been using the e-warrant for roughly two years, Baird said. The system makes it easier for the officer because they don’t have to track down a judge in the middle of the night.Capt. Tyson Budge of the Logan City Patrol Division said an officer can use either a smart phone or the computer in their patrol car to access the secured, web-based system. Before, the officers would use a phone to call the judge.

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