Major City Chief advocates key aspects of Intelligence Led Policing

May 18, 2013 6:42 pm

Our regular commentator John Buckley steps away from his usual topic of managing confidential informants to discuss the wider issue of intelligence led policing: Unfortunately, there remain a significant number of senior managers in law enforcement who have no real […]

Kenya’s Witness Protection Agency Launches

August 15, 2011 3:56 pm

As reported by KBC, Kenya’s new witness protection agency was officially launched on Friday. The news comes after months of debate over the need for improved witness protection in Kenya and the passing of the Witness Protection Amendment Bill in […]

91,000 bottles of counterfeit vinegar seized in Italy

March 8, 2011 5:31 pm

Italian officials have seized 35,000 litres or 91,000 bottles of counterfeit balsamic vinegar. The famous balsamic vinegar of Modena is protected by the European Union’s Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status which makes it a target for counterfeiting operations. The sting […]

Confidential Informants – Where is it going?

October 25, 2010 3:31 pm

Much is being written about the ‘Confidential Informant‘ culture in the US and it is fair to say that in many ways this is positive.  However, as is normally the case, the negative has to be reported and inevitably it […]

What does 1.5 tonnes of cocaine look like?

September 23, 2010 4:17 pm

Another success for SOCA – A joint operation between the Spanish National Police and the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) led to a yacht being intercepted off the Spanish coast as it attempted to ferry 1,5ookg of cocaine from […]

Drugs offender turned DEA informant ends up dead

August 9, 2010 10:29 am

According to Newsroom Panama, a confidential informant for the US DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) who was sent to Panama whilst in the agency’s witness protection program was killed, along with his son and wife, in 2007 by William “Wild Bill” […]

South Africa’s former police chief sentenced

August 3, 2010 4:24 pm

The Guardian reports today that Jackie Selebi, former chief of the South Africa Police Service and president of Interpol, has been given a 15 year jail sentence for corruption. The corruption charges relate to Selebi accepting bribes worth over £100,000 […]

How will Bahamas Police fix witness protection?

July 7, 2010 11:12 am

The Bahama Journal reported yesterday that Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade is confident in the Bahamas’ witness protection programme. However, the paper reports three recent cases where witnesses to murder have been targeted by gunmen. Witness protection is a difficult task […]

Rooting out police corruption from the top

July 2, 2010 3:51 pm

The former commissioner of the South Africa Police Service and four year president of Interpol has been found guilty of corruption by South Africa’s High Court. As reported on the BBC website, Jackie Selebi, the former chief of police, has […]

The difficulties of hiding witnesses on a small island

May 21, 2010 10:08 am

Witness protection is a difficult business at the best of times. But when you’re on a small island the task of relocating and protecting a vulnerbale witness is made even harder. New legislation in Bermuda is attempting to overcome this […]