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Book: Informants, Cooperating Witnesses and Undercover Investigations: A Practical Guide to Law, Policy and ProcedureInformants, Cooperating Witnesses and Undercover Investigations:

A Practical Guide to Law, Policy and Procedure

 

Informants, Cooperating Witnesses and Undercover Investigations (CRC Press 2014) is the most comprehensive examination of informant and cooperating witness practices and procedures to ever appear in one publication. It is a ready reference for the full spectrum of criminal justice professionals who face informant and cooperating witness issues.

The work also provides practical insight into undercover police practices. It expands on the first edition particularly in tactical areas including money laundering stings, reverse undercover operations and controlled delivery investigations. Undercover tactics that have been influenced by changes in statutory and case law are examined. The informant’s role in undercover operations is explored in-depth. The impact of the USA PATRIOT ACT on domestic undercover law enforcement is also examined.

 

Tort lawyers and criminal defense counsel will find the book a valuable resource as they prepare for trial. Well-entrenched, often antiquated informant handling practices dating back to the 1970s have been on a collision course with the realities of the twenty-first-century court room. The magnitude and frequency of monetary compensation awarded to injured parties and acquittals in criminal trials reflect judicial and jury intolerance for what is often viewed as law enforcement’s institutional indifference to the risks presented by informant programs and informant handler misconduct.

 

Risk managers will find the work particularly helpful. The operation of informants as a high-risk police activity is often overlooked until after a disaster. Effective risk management should be proactive, not reactive. Informants, Cooperating Witnesses and Undercover Investigations relies upon controlling of pertinent Supreme Court cases; leading federal and state cases; relevant statutory law; federal, state, and local law enforcement guidelines; and time-tested training materials.

 

Informants, Cooperating Witnesses and Undercover Investigations is available on line from Amazon and Barnes & Noble or directly from Taylor & Francis Publishing.

 

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