The Impact of Community Context on Informant Use
Chapter 5 examines a different perspective on the use of informants, highlighting their use in narcotics investigations. With a focus on how different types of community members do and do not interact (and cooperate) with law enforcement officials the role of informants is brought central. By examining the beliefs and attitudes of policing officials, the belief that one can understand and fight for the “good people” of a community while striving to control and remove those who are a “scourge” on the community, the perceptions and activities of police who work with informants is described. Finally, this chapter also discusses the ways that community and law enforcement’s shared experiences and perspectives can influence the work of police and informants.
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