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Hill, Charlotte (2017) Informers in custody. An exploratory study into factors affecting intelligence gathering in police custody. (unpublished MSc dissertation), University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth


This piece of research aimed to explore any factors that could influence an individual’s willingness to provide intelligence, and become an informer. The groups of potential informers were at the time in police custody, research suggests this is the most common source of potential informers available to police officers. The study focused its search of academic research into the stage of recruitment for such types of informers. It also carried out an in-depth analysis of two studies, believed to be the most relevant to the objectives of this research. One of the main findings from these studies was the high number of informers that were willing to cooperate with the officers and provide intelligence. It also found, that there were indeed factors that could manipulate this willingness to inform. The results uncovered that police custody suites are more suited for one off situations of intelligence gathering. Although an individual was willing to except a referral to a dedicated team of informer handlers, upon release the willingness to do so lessened, resulting in a small number providing intelligence once released from custody. Overall this research also found, that there is an increased need for training of custody suite officers, in the methods needed to make a successful approach and glean the most effective intelligence from detainees.

Department/Group: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Course: Crime Science Investigation and Intelligence - MSc

Date Deposited: 2019-03-06

URI/permalink: https://library.port.ac.uk/dissert/dis13386.html