Part II of this Comment will describe the inventory search as it has developed in the Supreme Court's jurisprudence in order to provide background and understanding of the procedure as it stands today. Part III will address the difficulties in applying the Supreme Court's approach by comparing the differences in police department policies. Part IV will then closely examine Washington's somewhat laudable approach to inventory searches, the limits the state has placed on the scope of inventory searches, and the steps the state has taken to impose a consent requirement. Last, Part V will suggest much needed reforms for Washington and the rest of the nation to ensure that the rights of individuals are protected while inventory searches continue to serve their purpose.
Nicholas B. Stampfli, After Thirty Years, Is it Time to Change the Vehicle Inventory Search Doctrine?, 30 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 1031 (2007).