Are police allowed to use heat seeking cameras in searches?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In the United States, at least, police are not allowed to use such devices unless they have a warrant.  The case in which the Supreme Court decided this was the 2001 case Kyllo v. United States.  The Supreme Court ruled that the use of a thermal imaging device to "see" the heat coming from a house was essentially a search of what was inside the house.  Based on that logic, the device cannot be used without a warrant.  If the police do have a warrant, though, the use of such cameras or devices is perfectly legal.

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joneshelps12 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Yes the Police are allowed to use HSC, the Police committee is using it more and more now a days. HSC detect body heat which makes it easier to catch those on the loose criminals.


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