Confidential informants have long occupied central role in the criminal investigation efforts of law enforcement authorities yet there exists minimal contemporary scholarship to help illuminate the complex relationships and roles associated with covert intelligence gathering this book draws upon a rich array of fieldwork and face to face interviews with police officers to provide insight into the confidential informant phenomenon this concept of the police citizen information exchange is . Confidential informants have come to play a pivotal role in how contemporary policing and criminal justice are practiced in speaking truth to power dabney and tewksbury shine a light on the subterranean world in which police seek to develop and work with informants through careful and meticulous fieldwork they illuminate some of the complexities of the informant role and open up an important area for future scholarship that has been relatively neglected by criminologists martin . These confidential informants provide intelligence on the inner workings of drug operations in exchange for leniency or remuneration providing a relatively cheap source of intelligence that fuels much of the ongoing war on drugs in other instances law enforcement authorities will reach out to members of the criminal underworld who are willing to provide valuable intelligence in exchange for money despite the central role of informants in contemporary police operations little is known . In this journal journal home browse journal. Speaking truth to power confidential informants and police investigations authors dean a dabney and richard tewksbury publisher oakland ca university of california press 2016 232p reviewer jon m shane may 2017
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