From a young age, the “don’t tattle” mentality is ingrained in our minds. Society reinforces that someone should never be a “rat” and that “snitches get stitches.” It is drilled into people to NEVER talk to law enforcement. However, these preconceived notions about cooperating with law enforcement can be canceled out with the right approach. Once a street cop is able to overcome this initial resistance and initiate a conversation with a potential informant, the investigative possibilities are endless. Potential informants can reveal information regarding unsolved homicides, shootings, robberies, home invasions, or human trafficking, in addition to the trafficking of drugs and weapons. However, developing informants is something frequently thought of as a task only completed by narcotics detectives, which is the farthest thing from the truth. The person who could hold the missing information regarding your agency’s biggest unsolved crime could be sitting in handcuffs right now in your processing area. You just have to take the time and go talk to them, and “Flipping Informants” will give you all the tools you need to do that. This course taught by Shane Morgan will cover overcoming informant hesitancy, pitching informants, informant motivations, debriefing informants, the effects of drug use on an informant, types of informants, managing informants, the use of informants in proactive operations, warning signs, common informant issues, and protecting informants.
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