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Legal and Practical Issues of Handling Informants

Understand how to legally and ethically use informants that will lead your team to probable cause or reasonable suspicion.

The innate curiosity of mankind demands information. The best source of information usually comes from those closest to the activity. In the law enforcement realm those sources close to, and at times involved in the activity, can often be motivated to share that information. Whether they are called cooperating witnesses, informants, confidential informants, sources, or snitches. They are the eyes inside that give the probable cause or reasonable suspicions to hold bad actors accountable. This ondemand webinar will focus on moral, legal, ethical ways to gather information through the use of informants. We will emphasize best practices for developing, deploying and documenting informants. We will discuss the types of informants and their motivations. We will also look at how the methods used by organizations such as news, intelligence, counter intelligence, terrorist and criminal organizations, to develop and use informants, can be coopted and used by law enforcement.


Runtime: 86 minutes
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Agenda

Strategies

  • The Use of Paid Informants
  • The Use of Informants Working off Charges
  • The Use of Unwitting Informants
  • The Use of Informants With a Personal Agenda

Rapport

  • Encouragement, by Giving the Informant an End Point and Sense That the Assignment Can Be and Will Be Completed
  • Respect, by Valuing the Risk, Work, Time and Effort the Informant Invests
  • Guide, Lead, Communicate and Give the Instruction the Informant Needs

Credibility

  • Establishing the Informants Credibility Through Prior Cases
  • Establishing the Officer's Credibility Through Prior Cases That Used Informants
  • Establishing the Informant's Credibility by Explaining His Motivation to Inform and the Risks Taken

Boundaries

  • Professionalism
  • Limiting Personal Non Work Related Contact or Discussion
  • Strictly Enforcing a No Physical Contact Rule

Pit Falls

  • Selection
  • The Handling of Evidence
  • The Handling of Money
  • Safeguarding Identities
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Faculty

Quintin D. McShan

Quintin D. McShan

Homeland

  • Veteran of 36 years in law enforcement
  • Certified as a master instructor by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy
  • Adjunct instructor for the Federal Law enforcement Training Center and the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy
  • Authorized provider of continuing education for the New Mexico Private Investigation Advisory Board
  • Worked as both a supervisor and an undercover officer
  • Has been the affiant on complex federal and state wiretap investigations
  • Has been the case agent on high profile homicide and narcotics investigations
  • Developed and wrote policy for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety
  • Can be contacted at 505-927-7571 or [email protected]
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Product ID: 392129
Published 2015
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