The contents of Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) cover such key matters as:What is meant by CHIS The legal framework The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) Inherent powers and the position at Common Law 'Informers' and 'informants' Working methods and oversight Handlers, controllers and authorising officers Dangers and risks Human rights, proportionality and 'necessity' Corruption and 'noble cause corruption' Protection and the duty of care Undercover officers: strains, duties and requirements 'Official' participation in crime: how far is it legal? Motives of informers Records and management of information Juvenile informers Texts, public interest immunity and anonymity Debriefing and human memory The context of informer relationships 'Ownership' of intelligence and communications A European perspective General background, views and opinions
Roger Billingsley has served for 32 years in the English police service, mainly within the field of criminal investigation. He was actively involved in the world of informers - as a handler, controller and authorising officer - and now heads London's Metropolitan Police Service Covert Policing Standards Unit, dealing with every aspect of covert policing, including informers.
'A comprehensive and easy to follow / research text that covers a wide range of matters relating to informants and aspects of undercover police work. There are few texts dedicated soley to this area and as such this book will be of great value to professionals, academics, students and others who are are concerned with this important area of criminal investigation': Peter Hall, Coventry University. 'A welcome addition that has drawn together a series of chapters from leading police officers, lawyers and academics, on an area of police work which can sometimes be ambiguous, occasionally uncharted, and where legislation presents the uninitiated with periods of bafflement and confusion. [The editor] does go someway to removing the mystery about this area of policing': Brief (the voice of Greater Manchester Police)