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Speaking Truth to PowerConfidential Informants and Police Investigations$
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Dean A. Dabney and Richard Tewksbury

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290464

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290464.001.0001

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Police and Confidential Informants

Police and Confidential Informants

(p.1) One Police and Confidential Informants
Speaking Truth to Power

Dean A. Dabney

Richard Tewksbury

University of California Press

This chapter examines the state of knowledge regarding law enforcement and confidential informants. The bulk of the previous literature has taken either a very practical, hands-on, how-to approach written by practitioners or a very legalistic perspective focusing on the ways that informant use fits (or does not fit) within legal structures. Additionally, social science literature on the topic is available, but is all at least 2 or 3 decades old. This literature approaches informants as a part of the structure of police agencies and investigations and primarily emphasizes the utility of informants for investigations. What is largely missing from the literature is the perspective of informants and the officers with whom they work, foci which the current book emphasizes.

Keywords:   Literature review, practitioner, legalistic, scholarly, social science

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