Utah cops praise electronic warrant system


By Jason Bergreen
Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Computer technology traditionally associated with sending a note to a colleague, inviting friends to a party or purchasing presents on the Internet has expanded to allow Utah police to seek -- and within minutes get -- permission to search your home or force a blood draw.

The state court system introduced an electronic warrant pilot program this spring. It is available to law enforcement agencies throughout the state and, so far, judges in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th District courts have been trained to issue the warrants.

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