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Seminar Title:  
Use of Informants: Best Practices, Policy and Procedures

DATES:  8/4/2020 through 8/5/2020

INSTRUCTOR(S):  John Kempf

LOCATION:  APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy Baldwin County  - 15950 Mosley Road, Stapleton, AL  36578

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn Express - Daphne, AL  1-251-621-1223
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

John Kempf is currently a Captain and District Commander of The Idaho State Police District One office located in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. John began his career as a Trooper with the Idaho State Police in 1997 and was promoted to Detective in 2000 where his primary focus was narcotics investigations. As a Detective John lead and participated in hundreds of narcotic cases ranging from street level investigations to complex conspiracy and federal wire tape cases. In 2008 John was promoted to Sergeant and supervised a narcotics unit whose primary focus is mid to upper level drug traffickers. In 2014 John was promoted to Detective Lieutenant where he managed a unit whose caseloads included major narcotics cases, Officer Involved Shootings /Critical Incidents, Homicides and Professional Standards Investigations.

John is a member of the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies and the coordinator for Idaho of the Domestic Highway Enforcement program.

John has been called to testify in Federal Court as an expert witness on drug investigations and is one of the lead instructors and organizers of the Idaho Basic Narcotics Officers Course. John has received numerous accolades for his law enforcement efforts including a U.S. Department of Justice Award for Public Service, Certificate of Merit from the Governor of Idaho and Outstanding Supervisor award from the Idaho State Police. John has also been awarded the Idaho State Police Silver Star and the Idaho Medal of Honor for Bravery.

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Course Objectives

The use of police informants can be one of the most powerful tools used by police in an investigation, but it can also come with many pitfalls. This course is designed to teach officers the proper and ethical use of informants, including documentation, informant motivation and operational safety. Other topics will include cultivating police informants, formal and informal informants, and best practices policy and procedures for the use of informants.

This two day course will consist of lecture, case studies and practical exercises.

Officers will be given a Definition and description of the different types of police informants including a historical prospective and current public attitudes

Cultivation of Police Informants
Police informants can come from many areas of an officer’s sphere of concern. Officers will learn where to find informants and how to properly conduct the very important indicial interview and debrief.

Police Informant Management
Police informants have several reasons to provide information. Officers must understand these in order to maximize their effectiveness. Officers will learn about the most common motivations and how to ethically maintain a professional relationship

Use of Informants in Covert Operations
It is a common tactic to utilize informants in covert police operation. Students will learn proper operations planning, informant safety, operational safety and informant rescue techniques.

Managing the Informant Program
History has shown the liability associated with the use of police informants. Many of the mistakes made by departments start with poor management, poor documentation, and bad ethical decisions. During this course officers will learn best practices for departmental informant policies, security, proper documentation and how both help ensure the ethical use of informants.

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