The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office released an updated search warrant policy on Friday, requiring increased police disclosures when a warrant is executed.
The updated policy requires law enforcement to follow up on whether a search warrant was signed by a judge and ultimately executed.
If the warrant is executed, the police will be required to disclose all items seized and arrests made as a result of the search.
According to the policy, officers who do not comply within 45 days of the search warrant being approved will not be able to ask the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to review additional search warrants submitted by the agent until the agent is in compliance.
Under the policy, law enforcement will have 96 hours, or four days, after the assistant state’s attorney approves the warrant to execute the search.
Additionally, a new digital database has been created by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. It is designed to track search warrant requests through the process, including details of the case whether or not it was conducted and items seized or arrests made.
“Pending receipt of our approval, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office will require law enforcement to submit to heightened checks of information provided to seek search warrants and then release the outcome. of the mandate. The new process will help us better understand whether the evidence obtained supports the use of a search warrant,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said in a news release.
The office also said the search warrant policy review began in response to evidence that a search warrant location had not been properly verified, resulting in an incorrect location being searched.
The updated policy is expected to go into effect on December 16.