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Helping a Shady Friend Go Straight
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September 10, 2012 at 11:29 pm #1173
I went to school with a guy that kind of went the wrong way. In school, everything was cool but he got into drugs pretty heavy and started committing crimes in that lifestyle. Now he wants to help the police catch others like himself. How can he make a turn for the better?
September 11, 2012 at 1:08 am #1174
You have probably seen TV documentaries where ex casino thieves and ex bank robbers get jobs with the police and government to help catch new criminals. If a criminal or thief has turned over a new leaf and wants to start helping the authorities catch other perpetrators like himself, where can he go to find this type of work?
Informants need to show that they can provide credible information, otherwise their evidence is only considered heresy. Former criminals or perpetrators, especially those with prior records or known ties to crime, are able to immediately establish that the information they gather will be valid and useful. Many times, if a criminal has been arrested and there is overwhelming evidence against him, the police or FBI will offer him a lesser charge or immunity if they believe he has valuable information that they can use in other cases.
Many times, the criminal is offered an ‘out’ to an arrest by becoming an informant to help crack other cases. Lawyers are also good to call upon for negotiating terms of becoming an informant. However, if you are not currently arrested, you can still become an informant. The best way is by reaching out to your local FBI office and scheduling a meeting. You can even bring a lawyer or consult one for advice beforehand, all of which is confidential, privileged information between client and attorney. Contacting your local police office and scheduling a meeting is also a good way to put yourself out there as a knowledgeable source of information.
You must apply as an FBI informant by completing an interview and extensive paperwork, as with any other job. An FBI supervisor will then approve your paperwork after an agent has verified as much about your application as possible. Approval will put you on the FBI payroll, and your performance reviewed annually. The job is risky, and involves putting yourself in dangerous and even life-threatening situations. However, for former criminals, these situations are not new and therefore they are good candidates to be informants. Former criminals can basically step back into their former lives, because they do not need extra protection to hide who they are from other criminals; they only need to hide their informant status.
As an informant, you are required to provide any and all relevant information that you uncover. You also must not break any (more) laws yourself unless circumstances are extenuating. You may never violate the rights of a suspect, and you may not resort to illegal methods of gathering information such as entrapment or putting yourself or others in harm’s way.
September 11, 2012 at 1:09 am #1175
Occupational hazards exist for just about any job you can think of. Yet for some jobs, the hazards can be even more numerous or serious, such as for police, firefighters, loggers, and deep-sea fishermen. For convenience store clerks, there is a definite risk of homicide or injury, but this is not all that makes the job so dangerous. In fact, most of the hazards are more commonplace, but because there are so many of them together, combined with the more serious risks, this job is one of the most hazardous in the nation.
Risk of injury can occur from stocking shelves and taking inventory, the same as with working at a grocery store. For convenience stores, however, there is the additional hazard present of hot coffee pots, hot mini roasting ovens, and other heated surfaces and heating elements that remain on constantly.
That plus freezers, drink machines, and other electrical appliances represent a lot of potential hazard for on-the-job injury. But even things like water and soft drink spills, hot coffee spills, electrical equipment malfunction, or falling merchandise represent potentials for injury to a convenience store clerk.
Employees working the night shift are, of course, at greater risk for being the victim of robbery or assault, which could even lead to homicide. Many robberies include assault with a deadly weapon such as a gun or knife. Managers at convenience stores virtually always have precaution protocols in place to help prevent robbery and assault. Security cameras, chimes when people enter the store, having more than one cashier on duty, keeping the store well-lit and keeping a high level of visibility from the outside through the windows are all protective measures that managers can take. Many stores now use a drop safe for night time, and advertise that there will not be cash available in the till, while others attempt to attract law enforcement officers with free coffee and other perks to those in uniform. Where allowed, some convenience stores allow weapons behind the counter.
Many people do not think about the risks that are posed on a store from disgruntled employees, or even employees with prior records that are working there to get the “inside scoop” on a robbery. Extensive criminal background checks are now commonplace when hiring new clerks so that damage may be prevented. The other inside risks include loiterers, many of whom are attracted to convenience stores because of their all-night hours. Removing loiterers who do not seem to be making purchases or are just hanging out outside will help eliminate harassment, which is another more serious hazard that convenience store clerks face.
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