covert human intelligence source

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An informant or undercover police officer employed in a role defined by s 26 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 as being a person who establishes or maintains a covert relationship with a person for the covert purpose of obtaining or gaining access to information; or covertly discloses information obtained by use of such a relationship. The use of a CHIS may be authorized by a superintendent or, in other bodies, as set out in SI 2000/2417. The authorizing officer must be satisfied that conduct/use is proportionate to what is sought to be achieved and that arrangements are in place to ensure levels of management and oversight; that records contain statutory particulars and are available only on a need to know basis. See also surveillance.

Subjects: Law.

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