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Speaking Truth to Power: Confidential Informants and Police Investigations

Dean A. Dabney and Richard Tewksbury


Confidential informants have long occupied central role in the criminal investigation efforts of law enforcement authorities. Yet, there exists minimal contemporary scholarship to help illuminate the complex relationships and roles associated with covert intelligence gathering. This book draws upon a rich array of fieldwork and face-to-face interviews with police officers to provide insight into the confidential informant phenomenon. This concept of the police-citizen information exchange is set forth to account for the broad rubric of intelligence collection done by police. A four-part framew ... More

Keywords: Confidential informants, criminal investigations, covert intelligence, snitches, narcotics enforcement, ethography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520290464
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dean A. Dabney, author
Georgia State University

Richard Tewksbury, author