This course instructs new and experienced officers in the efficient, safe, and legal protocols for developing, managing, and deploying confidential informants in narcotics cases. Officers will be taught to identify and avoid potential “problem” informants and integrity issues. Developing and using a variety of informants, such as informants working off a new arrest, a sentence reduction, jail and prison inmates, probationers, parolees, paid informants, other officers’ informants, and other categories, will be covered in this class. Briefing, debriefing, and interviewing informants will be instructed. The registration process, cooperation letters, informant contracts, payment paperwork, informant testimony, and other topics will be covered in this class. Officer safety, informant safety, and informant integrity will be emphasized.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between informants, confidential informants, and sources of information.
  • Understand the value of using confidential informants and their use in narcotics investigations.
  • Identify potential informants who may have information about their jurisdiction.
  • Cultivate informants.
  • Deploy informants during narcotics investigations.
  • Develop tactical operation plans for informant-involved operations.
  • Properly manage confidential informants, funding, and buy money.
  • Use informants for the introduction of undercover officers and during “controlled buys.”
  • Insulate the informant from suspicion by the subject of a drug investigation.
  • Corroborate informant information and activities.
  • Develop an efficient and legal confidential informant registration process and “work contract.”
  • Avoid potential problems that may arise when using confidential informants.
  • Effectively deal with prosecution considerations when using informants.
  • Protect the integrity of tactical operations and investigations involving informants.
  • Increase overall officer safety during operations and protect confidential information.

Prerequisites: None

Course Length: 3 days/24 hours

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement