Features

  • Offers a unique perspective from an informant’s point of view
  • Provides insight into the thoughts of both the police and the informant
  • Reveals the dangers of manipulation between police and informants
  • Examines the role of trust, communication, and understanding between informants and police

 

This book gives balanced insight into the thoughts of both the police and the informant, addressing the hazards of manipulation by both parties. It highlights the importance of trust, communication, and understanding as means to bridge those hazards. Also, it demonstrates the difficult shift in lifestyle being an informant entails. After testifying in court, Paul Derry’s life was placed at high risk of retribution, necessitating his entry into a witness protection program. He reflects upon the process of entering a witness protection program and life afterward, not only for himself but also for his family.

Inside A Police Informant's Mind

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  • Summary

    Written by a former informant, Inside a Police Informant’s Mind presents an honest account of the role, risks, and motives of police informants. It chronicles the relationship and course of events between the author and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner. The author provides a fascinating insider's perspective on the working relationship between an informant and those in law enforcement who handle informants.

     

    The book gives balanced insight into the thoughts of both the police and the informant, addressing the hazards of manipulation by both parties. It highlights the importance of trust, communication, and understanding as means to bridge those hazards. Also, it demonstrates the difficult shift in lifestyle being an informant entails. After testifying in court, Paul Derry’s life was placed at high risk of retribution, necessitating his entry into a witness protection program. He reflects upon the process of entering a witness protection program and life afterward, not only for himself but also for his family.

     

    This autobiographical account is a must-read for police officers and informant handlers and is an especially useful source for intelligence gathering. The vivid, real-life accounts of Inside a Police Informant’s Mind are as revelatory as they are engrossing. It is a great addition to any collection of books on law enforcement and criminal justice.

     

    Table of Contents

     

    Foreword
    Irwin M. Cohen

    MOTIVATIONS OF AN INFORMANT

    Blood Brothers
    The Agent’s Perspective
    The Handler’s Perspective

    Blood Money
    Police Pay
    The Real Money

    Streets of Blood
    The Criminal World
    The World I Lived In
    A Short Sentence
    Dealing with Fear
    Ulterior Motives
    Paranoia and Diversion

    The Thrill and Excitement
    A Day’s Work
    Adrenaline Rush
    Cold Call

    Cold Blooded
    Breaking Bread with My Target
    Revenge
    Easing Guilt
    A Pat on the Back
    Taking the Train
    Building a Career

    Police Study
    Controlling Conversations
    Witness Protection Coordinators
    Gathering Intel for Manipulation
    Pushing Buttons

    CHARACTERISTICS OF A STRONG SOURCE HANDLER

    Dedicated to the Job
    To Serve and To Protect
    When They Break
    When They Are Broken
    The Price of Policing
    A Picture of Dedication

    Trust
    First Time
    Trust in an Unlikely Situation
    Trusting with My Life on the Line
    The Need for Trust

    Empathy
    An Example
    Training
    Another Example
    Caught, Not Taught

    Understanding Motives
    A Good Day to Die
    Evaluating Informants
    Looking Within

    Clear and Concise Communication
    Getting Through

    Control and Humility
    Observation Post
    A Personal Example
    The Other Side of the Story
    Outside the Prison Walls

    Resilience
    On Call
    Dramatic Intervention
    Innovative Thinking
    Quick Thinking

    Sense of Humor
    A Macabre Tale
    A Fish Story
    Inhumane World
    A Vital Skill

    Discernment
    Nervous Waiting
    A Gut Feeling
    An Open Question
    An Encounter with Wolves
    Complacency and Alertness

    Witness Protection Coordinators
    Professional
    Moral Compass
    By the Book
    Intelligence and the Wisdom of Experience
    Only the Best

    Partners in Crime
    Brent
    Mikey
    Steve
    Andy and Mike
    Chris and David
    Ultimate Partners

    LOOKING BACK
    Blank Stares

    Gifts and Curses of an Informant
    Curse
    Gift of Gab
    Women

    Taking a Life
    Perspective
    Prevention Is Better Than Regret

    Hours on the Stand
    Betrayal
    Collateral Damage
    The Truth Will Set You Free
    Life and Death
    Lessons for Handlers

    Life as a Rat
    The Care of My Boy
    Cling Like a Barnacle
    It’s an Addiction

    Witness Protection and Starting Over
    Disorientation
    Old Habits
    Finances and Bookkeeping
    Being Hunted
    Better Option

    Final Thoughts
    Reckless
    Dangerous
    Rachel’s Law
    The Handler’s Perspective
    Last Words

    Appendix A: Police Perspectives on Paul Derry as a Source

    Appendix B: Words between a Source and His Handlers