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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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Types of Informants

Types of Informants

(p.28) Three Types of Informants
Speaking Truth to Power

Dean A. Dabney

Richard Tewksbury

University of California Press

This chapter introduces a typology of confidential informants. Through assessing the motivation/reason that informants become such and whether law enforcement adopts a passive or active role in soliciting information from such person we construct a four category typology of confidential informants. By examining whether informants are coerced or volunteers and whether police simply receive information or actively work on and with individuals to attain desired information the varieties of cooperating sources, civic-minded sources, indentured informants and entrepreneurs are defined and discussed. How each main variety of informant interacts with law enforcement and the structure of such relationships is prioritized.

Keywords:   Typology, cooperating sources, civic-minded sources, indentured informants, entrepreneurs, Police/Citizen Information Exchange, social context

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