Informants and Undercover Investigations: A Practical Guide to Law, Policy, and Procedure

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CRC Press, Jan 24, 2007 - Law - 428 pages
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Informants are an invaluable, often instrumental aspect of criminal investigations, but they do present certain management issues. In the necessarily clandestine world they inhabit, the imposition of institutional control presents unique challenges. Lack of training and communication among law enforcement professionals tend to ensure the same errors are repeated time and again.

Informants and Undercover Investigations: A Practical Guide to Law, Policy, and Procedure is the most comprehensive examination of informant related issues in a single volume. Designed as a sourcebook with clear explanations of applicable laws, department policies, and time-tested procedures, each chapter addresses a distinct topic, allowing reader sto quickly locate a particular subject. Using pertinent Supreme Court, federal, and state cases; statutory law; federal, state, and local law enforcement guidelines; and field-tested training materials; this book provides relevant information to all levels of investigation from basic search warrant cases to complex criminal investigations.

The author provides the most current and verified information regarding informant motivation, including mitigated sentencing and monetary compensation; recruiting; documentation; corroboration; electronic surveillance; and the witness security program. He addresses the pitfalls and management challenges of handling an informant and recommends strategies for avoiding them. Extensively researched appendices cover the Attorney General’s guidelines for use of informants, FBI undercover operations, IRS informants, DEA policy for cooperating sources, as well as examples of local policy.
Shedding light on the shadowy world of informants and undercover investigations, this book provides law enforcement officials, legal professionals, and criminal justice training institutions a single source reference to understand and streamline the use of this indispensable yet notoriously unpredictable investigative tool.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Informants and Sources Defined
1
Chapter 2 Motivations to Cooperate as an Informant
19
Chapter 3 Recruiting Informants
43
Chapter 4 Sources of Compensation for Informants
63
Chapter 5 Cooperation and Contingency Fee Agreements
87
Chapter 6 Informant Documentation and Identification
115
Chapter 7 Undercover Purchases of Evidence by Informants and Probable Cause
141
Chapter 8 Corroboration of Informant Information
171
Chapter 11 The Witness Security Program
261
Appendix I The Attorney General Guidelines Regarding the Use of Confidential Informants
291
Appendix II The Attorney General Guidelines on Federal Bureau of Investigation Undercover Operations
319
9425 Informants
339
Chapter 66 Subsection Chapter 661 6612 Confidential Sources
355
Appendix V Example of Local Law Enforcement Policy Statement on Informant Handling
387
Index
399
Back cover
409

Chapter 9 Informants and Electronic Surveillance
201
Chapter 10 Controlling the Informant
221

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