The use of informants helps to prevent and solve the most serious crimes

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Informants often provide timely and essential intelligence which cannot always be obtained by other means. This tactic can lead to very serious crimes being prevented including, murders, child sexual exploitation, and terrorism.

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Covert Human Intelligence Sources, Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said:

“The use of informants to assist in investigations is one resource used by police forces across the country to defend and protect the public. The intelligence provided helps to prevent and solve the most serious of crimes and is vital in bringing offenders to justice through the courts.

“This is a well-established and highly regulated tactic with the money paid to informants being very closely scrutinised.”

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