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

DATES:  6/19/2023 through 6/20/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Jess w. Stennett

LOCATION:  Hamilton County ESC - 11083 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH  45231

HOTEL:  Embassy Suites Cincinnati Northeast Blue Ash - Blue Ash, OH  513-733-8900
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Jess Stennett is a Detective Sergeant with the Idaho State Police.  Jess  has over 20 years of law enforcement experience and training with a primary focus on drug related investigations.  He is currently assigned to the Idaho State Police Investigation’s Division District One in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  His primary duty is to supervise the North Idaho Narcotics Enforcement HIDTA Task Force (Task Force NINE) located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.


In 1994, Sergeant Jess Stennett began his law enforcement career as a member of the United States Coast Guard.  In 2001, Sergeant Stennett became a deputy sheriff working for the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon where he worked a variety of assignments to include being assigned to local drug task force and later to the general crimes division.  In 2008, he was hired by the Idaho State Police and moved to Meridian, Idaho, where his primary duties were major drug investigations, homicides, and other major crimes.  In 2018, he was promoted to Sergeant and relocated to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.


Jess is an Idaho POST certified instructor, holds an Idaho POST Supervisor certificate, has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a recipient of two lifesaving awards, a Distinguished Achievement award, and the state of Idaho Silver Star.  In 2022, the unit he supervises won the Oregon Idaho HIDTA Outstanding Team Award and the DEA Administrator’s award for OCDETF Operation Red Road.  He is also a co-creator of the Idaho Fentanyl Education Project and continues to educate the public on the topic of dangerous drugs.


Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


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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