Confidential Source Management [2023]

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Course Summary

A confidential source (CS) is often also called an “informant.” This course discusses how identifying, developing, establishing, and controlling informants is an essential part of successful police work.

Working with a CS is done at all levels within the department, including at the patrol, investigations, and administrative levels. Things to consider when working with a CS include:

•         Obtaining information from a CS can be formal or informal and must be corroborated.

•         Working with a CS requires a skillset that is developed with time and experience.

During this course, officers will learn the different motivations of a CS and the various do’s and don’ts of working with them. These include:

  • Always document EVERYTHING when dealing with a confidential informant. This includes briefings, debriefings, payments, equipment usage, and signed statements
  • Do not accept information from a CS at face value
  • Always question CS information and actions
  • Never meet a CS alone, especially for payment purposes
  • NEVER pay a CS from your own pocket
  • Never meet a CS alone
  • Never accept presents, meals, or ANYTHING else from a CS
  • Never have a CS over to your house
  • Never loan a CS money and never buy anything from a CS

There are benefits to using a CS. This course will cover HOW to use a CS, WHEN to use a CS, WHY to use a CS, and WHEN to stop using a CS.

Course Syllabus

  • Module 1 - Confidential Source Management

    • Introduction
    • Confidential Informant Motivation
    • Various Types of Confidential Sources
    • Documenting the CS - Developing the CS package
    • Corroborate and Control - Utilizing your CS
    • Evidence Obtained, Pitfalls with, and Paying a CS
    • Acts of Violence Against CS
    • Attributes to Failure in CS management
    • Deactivation of CS
    • Source of Information
    • Module Assessment