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Telephonic Search Warrants

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TRI-CITIES, Wash.--Telephonic Search Warrants, as you can imagine, are requested over the phone by a police officer.

On the other end is a Benton County District or Superior Court judge.

To help with investigations, all of the requests are recorded.

By law, the judge needs to know the officer's probable cause before making a determination to approve or reject the search warrant.

Telephonic is different from a written search warrant, but they are typically used in the same situations.

"If evidence is being destroyed," explains Sergeant Chris Walters, Kennewick police. A wanted person in a house that won't come out. Something of that nature is usually what we use them for."

A recent case where Kennewick police officers used a telephonic search warrant was one week ago (Wednesday, July 16th).

A man was walking around naked at the Days Inn Hotel.

When the man wouldn't come out of his room, a simple phone call allowed police to go in.

The suspect was under arrest a lot sooner than he thought.