£400k spend on informants by Cambridgeshire police

Cambridgeshire police has spent £438,000 on informants over the past five years it has been revealed.

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 6:48 am

The figures have been revealed as part of a Freedom of Information request.

The figures show that in 2018/19, the force spent a total of £90,843.

A spokesperson from Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “It is critical that there is transparency in how taxpayers’ money is spent, even in the murky world of crime-fighting.

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A police spokesperson said: “The use of informants is one of a number of covert tactics we use to gather intelligence to help us protect the public and tackle criminality.

“Informants often provide timely and essential intelligence which cannot always be obtained by other means. This tactic can lead to very serious crimes being prevented and solved, including murders, child sexual exploitation, and terrorism and is vital in bringing offenders to justice through the courts.”