In this practical webinar, you will learn about the moral, legal, and ethical ways to gather information through the use of informants. You will learn best practices for developing, deploying, and documenting informants. You will also learn about the types of informants and their motivations, agent/ officer behavior, typical informant behavior, and legal updates. This webinar will include a case study review of police reports, case law, key legal and liability issues, officer and informant safety, and investigative techniques.
Upon course completion, you will be able to:
- Define what an informant is
- Describe what motivates informants
- Answer questions, including:
- What is the difference between an informant and a witness?
- Do entities other than government law enforcement use informants?
- Can an informant ever be authorized to commit a crime?
- What should the Agent should give the informant?
- How can the agent can establish the informant’s credibility?
- What is the most important aspect of handling an informant?
- Discuss the advantages of allowing an informant to work off charges
- Describe the value of using an unwitting informant
- Identify when it is best not to use an informant
- Recognize the characteristics of someone unsuitable to be an informant
- Review your processes for developing informants