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Should police officers keep detailed records of their informants?

Asked at Community Mercantile on April 20, 2003

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“Yes, I do, because at some point in time you have to be accountable for what you say. Even though they’re informants, they are getting people into serious trouble.”

“No. It wouldn’t do you any good if you were keeping records because they wouldn’t give you any information. I worked undercover for quite a while, and you’re dealing with people who will kill you for an ounce of pot.”

“I think to protect the confidentiality of the informants it would be more effective to have them as they are, kind of under wraps.”

“I would say no, they shouldn’t. They can keep detailed records as long they don’t keep the informant’s name attached to it.”

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