Was sitting inside with my brother watching TV and I see my brother come inside and a few seconds I hear a knock at the door. My brother went to the door and I hear "Can I talk to you for a second? Please open the door" I didn't realize it was the police at first, then I heard him lock the door and say "No you cannot come inside".
At that point I took over, I was sitting on the couch and turned around and asked through an open screened window "What is the problem officer?" He asked me to open the door to come inside and i said "no, I can hear you fine" He told me he had an anonymous tip that there was a 4 foot marijuana plant growing in the back yard. I said "OK" and he asked if he could go take a look. I said "I do not consent to any searches of my property."
There was also another officer next to him running the plate on my motorcycle on the porch. That officer did not say one word the whole time.
He asked my my name "because he had to fill out paperwork for the call" and I gave him my name.
He also said he wanted to give me his card and I instructed him to leave it on the table on the porch. He seemed a little surprised about the whole interaction but was surprisingly calm and decent about it.
I watched as they each went back to separate marked cars, waited for a couple minutes and drove off.
I know who made the anonymous call.
My brother came inside and locked the door because he was out on the front porch and when he saw two police cars pull up, he knew to come inside and lock the door immediately.
I am sure I could have handled this different, but it seemed to work out well, and the outcome was satisfactory for me, ant gave my brother and I something to talk about the past hour.
We have both watched many youtube videos, sitting out on the front porch, right where the cops were standing, about how to handle police coming to your home.