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The use of informers during precious medals undercover operations

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dc.contributor.advisor Horne, J.S.
dc.contributor.advisor Van Zyl, M.E. Flynn, Hendrik Frans 2010-04-28T09:56:41Z 2010-04-28T09:56:41Z 2009-10
dc.identifier.citation Flynn, Hendrik Frans (2009) The use of informers during precious medals undercover operations, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The research was conducted as a result of the long standing criticism against undercover operations due to the conduct of informers and agents during these operations. Since both undercover operations and informers are controversial issues it may cause serious judicial problems if the system is not applied correctly. The problem was investigated by means of qualitative research. A thorough literature study and semi-structured interviews were used to gather the required data. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with advocates of the Director of Public Prosecutions Free State and detectives from the Organised Crime Unit of the South African Police Service. It has been found that undercover operations are an effective manner to address organised crime and especially precious metals related crimes. Undercover operations are an excellent barometer to determine the extent of organised crime. It gives investigators a clear view of the compilation of a syndicate and the roles of leaders, runners and associates. Informers are invaluable sources of information. Without the use of informers it will be virtually impossible to engage in undercover operations, since the police will have no intelligence to engage into an investigation of this nature. The implications of the findings are that it is the responsibility of investigators, agents and informers to keep the system transparent, fair and acceptable. Their conduct may never violate their mandate and the boundaries of the investigation. Undercover operations are justified when the system is properly administered, structured, controlled and without bias. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (1 v. (various pagings))
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Undercover operations en
dc.subject Precious metals en
dc.subject Forensic investigation and trap en
dc.subject Agent en
dc.subject Informer en
dc.subject.ddc 363.2520968
dc.subject.lcsh Criminal investigation -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Undercover operations -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Police patrol -- South Africa -- Surveillance operations
dc.subject.lcsh Informers -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Entrapment (Criminal law) -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Metals -- South Africa
dc.title The use of informers during precious medals undercover operations en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Forensic Investigation M. Tech. (Forensic Investigation)

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