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Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012 4:13 pm | Updated: 5:45 pm, Tue Jun 26, 2012.

Police expect only some minor training is needed for them to begin enforcing a portion of SB 1070 given Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling — but they aren’t yet sure when that provision will take effect.

Police across Arizona went through training after the illegal-immigration law was passed in 2010, but the nation’s highest court struck down some provisions that had been on hold. Police are now awaiting a new version that trains police on checking the immigration status of those they’ve stopped, said Jeffrey Glover, a Tempe police spokesman.

“We are still in a holding pattern, just like anybody else right now,” Glover said Monday afternoon. “We are preparing for it. We are getting our training ready to roll out.”

Tempe doesn’t expect the ruling will lead to significant changes in how officers perform their duties, Glover said. Mesa police Sgt. Tony Landato said his agency is still studying the ruling but he doesn’t expect any significant changes. Mesa’s policy is based on “reasonableness,” he said.

Police across the state received training in 2010 developed by the Arizona Peace Officer Standard and Training Board, which included a video.

Police across the state received training in 2010 developed by the Arizona Peace Officer Standard and Training Board, which included a video.

AzPOST issued an update Monday afternoon that advised the state’s police chiefs not to include training on the three provisions that the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional.

Officers have many questions about the ruling, but Glover said he anticipates AzPOST’s training will clear up how police enforce the remaining parts of SB1070.

“What I got out of the ruling is that it will be pretty straightforward as to what we get from AzPOST,” Glover said. “They usually are pretty good about making clear what is going to be enforceable.”

Several parts of the law were blocked from going into place in 2010 by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton. Monday’s ruling now allows one key provision to take effect, requiring police to make a reasonable attempt to check a person’s immigration status with federal authorities if there is a reasonable suspicion the person is in the U.S. illegally.

The court struck down provisions that required a person to have or carry immigration registration papers, or to seek work or have a job. And police cannot arrest a suspected illegal immigrant without a warrant.

AzPOST’s letter to law enforcement agencies said it may issue an update within 30 days.

Glover said he expects police will have a shorter version of the training they received two years ago.

“Most likely it won’t take long to bring the offices up to speed,” he said.

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