Confidential Informant Training Classes for Law Enforcement Personnel

 

3-Day Informant School Classroom & Field Training Course:

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Training Locations: Cypress Creek Fire Department Station 23 at 9909 Cypresswood Dr., Houston, TX 77070 or Station 24 at 12073 Perry Rd., Houston, TX 77070--TBD 30 days before course start date. Cost $295.

Course Description: The 3-day Informant School curriculum is a four-course series focusing on Confidential Informant (CI) Locating & Selecting, Assessment & Recruitment, Handling & Development, Report Writing, and Evaluation. A summary of all four courses is visible below under the Online Informant School Course Series Course Descriptions.

The major differences between the 3-Day and Online course are the practical application, classroom and field training exercises, group collaboration, networking and interactive participation in all training segments. Over the 3-day training curriculum, attendees will individually or in group format, participate in two Screening and Rating exercises selecting two Potential Confidential Informants (PCI) for further evaluation, a classroom and off-site Elicitation exercise, four PCI Assessment and Recruitment interviews, an off-site Surveillance Detection exercise, review CI Contact and Meeting Plans, evaluate Specific CI Evidence and Intelligence Collection, review eight written Reports of CI Interviews for submission to the investigative file, discuss CI Evaluation methods and take a 45-queston (multiple-choice/true-false) examination. A 24-hour Certificate of Completion will be provided to all attendees who obtain a passing score of 80% or better on the open-book exam.

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3-Day Informant School Classroom & Field Training Course in Cypress, Texas  November 2nd - 4th, 2021

Training Locations: Cypress Creek Fire Department Station 23 at 9909 Cypresswood Dr., Houston, TX 77070 or Station 24 at 12073 Perry Rd., Houston, TX 77070--TBD 30 days before course start date. Cost $295.

3-Day Informant School Classroom & Field Training Course in Cypress, Texas  October 5th - 7th, 2021

Course Description: The 3-day Informant School curriculum is a four-course series focusing on Confidential Informant (CI) Locating & Selecting, Assessment & Recruitment, Handling & Development, Report Writing, and Evaluation. A summary of all four courses is visible below under the Online Informant School Course Series Course Descriptions.

The major differences between the 3-Day and Online course are the practical application, classroom and field training exercises, group collaboration, networking and interactive participation in all training segments. Over the 3-day training curriculum, attendees will individually or in group format, participate in two Screening and Rating exercises selecting two Potential Confidential Informants (PCI) for further evaluation, a classroom and off-site Elicitation exercise, four PCI Assessment and Recruitment interviews, an off-site Surveillance Detection exercise, review CI Contact and Meeting Plans, evaluate Specific CI Evidence and Intelligence Collection, review eight written Reports of CI Interviews for submission to the investigative file, discuss CI Evaluation methods and take a 45-queston (multiple-choice/true-false) examination. A 24-hour Certificate of Completion will be provided to all attendees who obtain a passing score of 80% or better on the open-book exam.

Investigators utilizing solely Defendant CI's (Informants who have an agreement with the Department, District Attorney’s Office or U.S. Attorney's Office in exchange for cooperation in their investigation, or other investigations), will benefit from the analysis of CI motivations to work with them beyond the agreement the CI has with the Department.

For investigators and analysts finding it challenging to locate PCI's to support investigations, Course #1 presents practical methods applying Limited Background Investigations, Specific Informant Blueprints (SIB), PCI Profile Reports and Screening and Rating Sheets to assist with locating and selecting the best PCI's when they are not immediately identifiable.


COURSE #3 - CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS: HANDLING AND DEVELOPMENT

Course #3 is the implementation of contact/meeting plans (locations, security protocols—officer/confidential Informant (CI) safety, contingencies, cover stories and communication devices), surveillance detection, electronic surveillance (recorders and transmitters) and the direction of evidence and intelligence collection. 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE SCREENING AND RATING SHEET FOR USE WITH COURSE #1 AND BOTH FREE FILLABLE SHEETS FOR USE WITH FUTURE POTENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS.

 

SCREENING AND RATING SHEET--FOR USE WITH COURSE #1

SCREENING AND RATING SHEET--FILLABLE FOR USE WITH FUTURE PCI'S

RECRUITMENT PROPOSITION DIAGRAM--FILLABLE FOR USE WITH FUTURE PCI'S

Online Informant School Course Series

COURSE #1 - POTENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS: LOCATING AND SELECTING

Course #1 is the proactive approach to locating and screening the best Potential Confidential Informant (PCI) candidates for access, ability, willingness, discretion, 360 awareness, availability and suitability match to the Specific Informant Blueprint (SIB) prior to officer contact.

COURSE #2 - POTENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS: ASSESSMENT AND RECRUITMENT

Course #2 focuses on the utilization of a Recruitment Proposition Diagram (RPD), to develop a successful Confidential Informant (CI) recruitment strategy, assessing potential CI gains, losses, motivations, reluctance and rebuttals toward recruitment.

Investigators searching for a plan to handle and develop CI's will gain new insights with the pre-determined Contact/Meeting Plan Map, minimizing issues with communication devices, officer and CI surveillance detection responsibilities, directing and verifying specific CI collection, the five pillars of a successful CI debriefing interview and the application of electronic surveillance devices.   

COURSE #4 - CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS: REPORT WRITING

Course #4 refines the production of accurately written reports to the investigative file without revealing the identity of the Confidential Informant (CI) and indexing additional CI assessment data. Including all pertinent details in a report witnessed directly or indirectly (observed, heard/overheard) by a CI is a time on task perfected skill. 

Regardless of the violation investigated (Narcotics, Auto-Theft, Vice, Robbery, White-Collar crimes, etc.), all investigators will benefit from the production of accurately written reports to the investigative file, including all pertinent information pertaining to the investigation, limiting information potentially revealing the identity of the CI and cataloguing additional CI assessment data.

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