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Developing Street Sources: Tips for Patrol Officers


In many law enforcement agencies, only a relatively small number of detectives or plainclothes officers assigned to specialty units use street sources. Additional sources on the streets producing regular information ultimately would increase proactive policing, providing more opportunities to interrupt, deter, and prevent crimes.3 Developing Sources Officers can find potential street sources almost anywhere; every contact brings an opportunity to obtain valuable information and assess a person's usefulness as a street source. Offenders frequently use self-storage facilities to promote a host of criminal activities, such as safeguarding weapons, storing stolen property, concealing evidence of crimes, and hiding illegal drugs and purchases or proceeds of illegal activity.

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