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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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Working with Informants

Working with Informants

(p.63) Four Working with Informants
Speaking Truth to Power

Dean A. Dabney

Richard Tewksbury

University of California Press

Chapter four highlights the actual ways that law enforcement officers work with confidential informants. Here the processes by which informants are identified and recruited are discussed, including a stage model for conceptualizing the process. The means by which officials communicate with potential informants is addressed, especially how indentured informants are convinced to provide information so as to assist themselves in their own (or others’) legal entanglements. Also highlighted are the characteristics that law enforcement officers find desirable and challenging, including the role of gender, and how different characteristics of officers, informants, and situations coalesce to create information exchanges.

Keywords:   Intelligence gathering, recruitment, background, foundation stage, construction, closing, management, good informant

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