What are the rules for working undercover as a cop?
May 14, 2012 9:21 AM Subscribe
What rules are there for (American) law enforcement types operating undercover? What sort of things are they barred from doing?
posted by scaryblackdeath to law & government (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
From reading several autobios of CIA officers, I'm familiar with the rules for espionage, but not law enforcement. Are there covers that cops (Feds and/or locals) are not allowed to use? Rules for how close/involved officers can get with civilians during their investigations?
Also, presumably an undercover cop might witness significant criminal activity during an investigation and yet maintain cover, but is there a point (I presume if someone's life is at risk?) when they are obligated to intervene & arrest if able?
If it helps, I'm particularly interested in FBI/Federal investigations rules. I'm asking in relation to a writing project; I'm not trying to out anyone as a cop or anything.