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Week-450-August-14-2009

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Week 450
August 14, 2009
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Working with informants is 'risky business'

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An L.A. County Sheriff interviews a local resident about a possible gang affiliation. (AP Photo)

EL PASO, Texas — As police pieced together the details of the contract killing of a Mexican drug cartel lieutenant-turned-U.S. informant, a surprising connection emerged: their chief suspect was an informant himself.

"If everyone does their job right, no one outside of a very small group of investigators should know the identity of an informant," said Fred Burton, a vice president for counter terrorism and corporate security with Stratfor ... Full article
Developing informal informants
News Analysis
In the Street Survival Seminar, I often pick on one of the younger "rookie" officers by asking this question: How many informants do you have? The response most often given is: None. The art of cultivating informants seems to be a lost art as it is very much misunderstood on a variety of levels ... Full column
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If you work in a community where you're the lone officer, you can take a lot of pride and ownership in your "beat." Whether you're alone or working with half-dozen colleagues, if a crime takes place in your small town, several suspects immediately come to mind. The bad guys know us and we know them. The problem is that knowing all these villains can lead to traps that affect our tactical decision-making, and those mistakes can get us killed ... Full column
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L.A. police end standoff with less lethal force

Detroit police chase leaves one dead, one injured

San Diego officials dismantle deadly drug ring

N.Y. cop's TASER use on woman causes controversy

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Five states get lion's share of "Stabilization" funds
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Public safety agencies in 26 states are expected to receive a total of more than $2.5 billion in new funding from the so-called Government Services Fund, a little-known allotment in the economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. According to documents obtained by PoliceOne, almost three-quarters of those funds will be spent in just five states ... Full column
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