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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.

Inside a Police Informant's Mind

  • Table of Contents:
    Introduction: The Making of an Informant
    Section One: Inside an Informant’s Mind
    1. Blood Brothers
    2. Blood Money
    3. Streets of Blood
    4. The Thrill and Excitement
    5. Cold-Blooded
    6. Police Study
    Section Two: Characteristics of a Strong Source Handler
    7. Dedicated to the Job
    8. Trust
    9. Empathy
    10. Understanding Motives
    11. Clear and Concise Communication
    12. Control and Humility
    13. Resilience
    14. Sense of Humor
    15. Discernment
    16. Witness Protection Coordinators
    17. Partners in Crime
    Section Three:  Looking Back
    18. The Gifts and Curses of an Informant
    19. Taking a Life
    20. Hours on the Stand
    21. Life as a Rat
    22. Witness Protection and Starting Over
    23. Final Thoughts
    Appendix A: Police Perspectives on Paul Derry as a Source
    Appendix B: Words between a Source and his Handlers
    About the Author

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