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Taking Care of BusinessPolice Detectives, Drug Law Enforcement and Proactive Investigation$
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Matthew Bacon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687381.001.0001

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Licensing Criminals

Licensing Criminals

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(p.166) 7 Licensing Criminals
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Taking Care of Business
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Matthew Bacon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687381.003.0007

This chapter begins with a review of the academic literature in order to explore the police informer/handler relationship and attempts to reform the use and regulation of police informers. Particular attention is paid to the moral dilemmas and practical problems of this covert policing strategy, as well as the changes introduced by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). These changes include the establishment of authorization procedures and dedicated source units. The chapter then presents and discusses empirical findings on the role of informants in drug investigations and examines how drug detectives perceived and operated within the regulatory constraints of the police informer system.

Keywords:   covert policing, criminal investigation, detectives, drug law enforcement, informers, police culture, police reform, Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, RIPA, source units

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