UK Confidential Informant case law

November 25, 2010 10:33 am

Police Oracle have just posted an excellent article on case law surrounding Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) or Confidential Informants in the United Kingdom. Most importantly, the case law covers the extent to which CHIS can/cannot encourage others to participate […]

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 […]

21st Century Policing Procurement

October 11, 2010 10:01 am

It is interesting that the second phase of the UK Government’s consultation process around 21st Century Policing moves on to the subject of procurement. Following Phillip Green’s articles in the paper this morning reporting the significant waste in public sector […]

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 […]

SOCA continue to disrupt the cocaine pipeline

August 20, 2010 4:20 pm

The UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) announced today that they have stopped another gang of drugs smugglers. The five gang members were caught after 80kg of cocaine (with a street value of £25m) was found in Dover in 2009. […]

Will buying the same system deliver those cost savings?

August 16, 2010 10:46 am

There is an interesting outcome of the current financial crisis hitting the police service and that is the area of IT standardisation. I have had many recent discussions where individuals feel that ‘buying the same systems’ enables collaboration and reduces […]

Confidential Informant falls back into bad habits

August 4, 2010 4:25 pm

No matter how helpful a confidential informant is, some of them will always return to bad habits. Duluth News Tribune reports today that drug informant Paul Kastern has been jailed for five years for selling methamphetamine. Since the 1980s, Kastern […]

The rising cost of informants

August 3, 2010 4:34 pm

The Metropolitan Police paid Covert Human Intelligence Sources £1.9m in 2009/10, a small rise from the the £1.86m figure that was paid out in the previous year. The Independent also reported that a further £176k was spent on travel, accommodation […]

Number of protected witnesses trebles in Scotland

August 2, 2010 9:13 am

Scotland’s Sunday Mail reported yesterday that the Scottish Witness Protection Unit protected 44 witnesses in 2009/10 – over three times the number witnesses protected in the previous year. This seems to highlight the growing importance of protecting vulnerable witnesses in […]

Councils Use of Surveillance Powers

July 30, 2010 2:52 pm

It was reported today that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) has been used over 400 times in the past two years by councils across the Black Country. RIPA was introduced to regulate investigations by public bodies (including covert surveillance […]