Turning criminals into informants and reliable assets is an essential skill of tradecraft. This is a guide on how to identify, recruit, build, and maintain these critical relationships.

A criminal informant serves a critical role in intelligence and law enforcement by providing insider information or performing actions that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Often embedded within criminal organizations, offer unique insights into ongoing activities, plans, and hierarchies, allowing operatives to preempt criminal actions, gather evidence, and dismantle illicit networks. Utilizing a criminal informant involves carefully managing the relationship to ensure their cooperation while protecting their identity and safety, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of operations and contributing to broader security.


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Developing informants and assets is an art that requires a mix of psychology, tradecraft, and practical field experience. By understanding motivations, building trust, and maintaining secure and supportive relationships, operatives can turn everyday individuals into valuable sources of intelligence.

[INTEL : Police as Operational Assets]

[OPTICS : London, England]