This course will cover areas involving the use of informants in criminal investigations. Some of the areas to be covered will include how to recruit informants, use of informants in criminal investigations, proper documentation and department policy. The course will cover legal and ethical aspects in the use of informants by law enforcement officers which includes selection of informants and minimal qualifications for a person to be utilized as an informant. The students will learn investigative techniques to minimize the exposure of identification of informants. The course will also look at the civil liability of working informants and how to minimize those liabilities.