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NCJ Number: 120717 Find in a Library
Title: Narcotics Investigations in Smaller Agencies
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:56  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1989)  Pages:103-104,109-112
Author(s): M F Brown
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Smaller law enforcement agencies that are developing improved capabilities for narcotics investigations must address several issues, including program funding, program goals, informant control, target selection, program staffing, termination of the covert phase of the investigation, and coordination with local prosecutors.
Abstract: Funding is likely to come from a one-time Federal grant. The agency should clearly define its goals and the scope of an investigation before starting the program. Next it should determine how and when to use informants and should identify potentially successful undercover officers. A covert operation typically involves a series of drug buys and lasts 4 to 6 months before funds run out, the undercover operative is identified, or the operative can no longer perform the job. The agency should decide how to handle cases and when and whom to arrest before ending the operation. It should also plan and conduct all undercover operations carefully to avoid losing the confidence of the community and to achieve the goal of protecting the community. 1 reference note.
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement units
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Plain clothes operations; Police narcotic officer training; Program planning; Undercover activity
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