We’ve sent requests to police departments around the country for their incident reports, threat assessments, and any other records we can get surrounding the law enforcement response to the protests surging through American cities. While most of our requests are still processing, what we have received illustrates how remarkably unprepared some law enforcement was for demonstrations of this scope.
Following a public records request, Boston Police Department has released Form 2645, the Informant Working Agreement. The document, sent in both English and Spanish, stipulates 11 specific clauses that must be agreed to by an individual before they can become an official informant of the BPD.
The Boston Police Department has released its procedures regarding the handling and recruiting of confidential informants. Dated March 1, 2006, and dubbed “Rule 333,” it contains the classification of types of informants, informant restrictions, recruitment procedures, and the responsibilities of supervisors from the detective all the way to the chief, Bureau of Investigative Services.
A few weeks ago, we ran a piece about the BPD’s long overdue response to a request for internal communications and information regarding the city’s annual Freedom Rally, and how it might run up against the newly-enacted city parks-wide smoking ban. What we got back - or really, what we didn’t get back - was surprising.