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When the well-being of an individual is in question, police will enter a home to check on that person. Such welfare checks have been known to save the lives of older or sick individuals.
Purpose The police can go into a resident's dwelling without written consent when the resident's welfare and safety are questioned.
Function Police enter the dwelling after receiving a call of concern, which may come from a neighbor, relative or apartment manager. Mail carriers may report when a senior citizen's mail is not picked up over long periods of time.
Effects Friends and family find relief in knowing that their older, sick or otherwise disabled loved one is safe. Welfare checks also can discover a resident in distress who could not call for help on their own.
Features Some police departments work with companies that offer a "call" system to senior citizens and others to ensure their welfare and safety. When these calls are missed or not answered, welfare checks usually are performed.
Considerations Before performing a welfare check, police may ask a caller if the individual in question has been sick or has health issues. They ask because police want to avoid entering a dwelling without due cause. A police welfare check should not encroach on a resident's rights to privacy.
Warning Police can enter a dwelling because of health fears or if there has been a noted abrupt change in a resident's normal behavior. However, if the police walk in on illegal activities, arrests will be made.
A welfare check turned into a drug bust after Woodward police officers discovered a marijuana plant in a local residence Tuesday morning. According to a police department call log, dispatchers received a call at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday from a concerned citizen who wanted police to check on the welfare of an elderly woman in a residence in the 4100 block of Richmond Road. Ptl. Tyson Bussinger was dispatched to the location, according to Lt. Derek Ford, who is assigned as a special agent to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotic’s District 26 drug task force. After failing to get a response from knocks on the front door, Bussinger then circled the residence, checking other doors and windows in an attempt to ensure that the woman wasn’t hurt somewhere inside and just not able to get to the front door, the police lieutenant said. “Upon peering through the glass of the back door window, he (Bussinger) observed a marijuana plant growing in the hallway of the residence,” Ford said.
LA GRANGE — A call for a welfare check by Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies resulted in the arrest of five people on marijuana growing charges. Fayette County Sheriff Keith Korenek reports that on June 4, Deputies Louis Gabler, Michael Otten and Joshua Berger responded to call at 5326 E. Old State Highway 71 near La Grange, regarding a welfare concern. As the deputies made contact with the homeowner they detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence. Investigators with the Fayette County Narcotics Unit arrived and a search of the property revealed multiple marijuana plants being grown inside and outside of the residence. Korenek reports that the largest plant was approximately four feet tall was being grown outside and ready to harvest. Arrested and booked for possession of marijuana were 65 year old Ralph Crawford, 58 year old Frances Ivey, 21 year old Joshua Ivey, 46 year old Steven Ivey and 22 year old Julia Koudelka, all of La Grange.
KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT)-- A domestic welfare check leads to a meth lab bust in east Knox County. According to KCSO, officers were dispatched to a home on the 6000 block of Babelay Road around 12:00 p.m. Sunday when they found components of a meth lab. Officers evacuated everyone inside the trailer. The KCSO Narcotics Unit also responded to the scene and found evidence of multiple previous meth cooking sites, or "meth cooks." Ricky Lewis, 44, was arrested and charged with initiation and the process of meth, and promotion and manufacture of methamphetamine.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Warrants are a novelty.
Cops kick in doors for phantoms all day long. They thought they saw somebody, got the wrong address, heard something, welfare check, anonymous complaint, 911 call, etc....
Warrants have become the last resort.
Just kick the door down and let the lawyers work it out when the smoke clears.