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Confidential Informant Handling


Content Provider:
Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP


Length (in hours)
1 hour

Release Date
September 2021

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Confidential Informants (CIs) play a vital role in law enforcement investigations by providing information and insight into criminal activity. This module will provide you with best practices for working with CIs, risks involved with working with CIs, how to protect CIs, and the various responsibilities when working with CIs.

This course is part of the Alberta Investigative Skills Education Program (ISEP) level 200.

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and risks of using confidential informants.
  • Outline the general roles and responsibilities of members involved in managing confidential informants.
  • Explain informer privilege and how it affects informant handling practises.
  • Define Confidential Informant and Police Agent.
  • Discuss the key to identifying and cultivating confidential informants.
  • List four motives for a person to consider becoming a confidential informant.
  • Identify high risk confidential informants.
  • Describe the purpose and process for registering confidential informants.
  • Outline the reasons a person would not be suitable to be a confidential informant and/or be labeled restricted level 1 or 2.
  • Discuss appropriate tactics to protect yourself, the source, your colleagues and the public.
  • List the documentation required when information has been received by a confidential informant.
  • State the purpose of a Source Debriefing Report.
  • Describe the compensation process and payment method options.
  • Discuss the purpose and level of approval rquired for judicial consideration.
  • Outline the steps to take if a confidential informant has been compromised.
  • Discuss the responsibilities of the handler, Source Management Officer, and the Crown, to protect the identity of a confidential informant.
  • Explain the one exception to informer privilege.

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Government and Other First Responders

Content Provider

Content for this course was provided by Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP).