An informant (also called an informer or, as a slang term, a "snitch", "rat", "stool pigeon" or "stoolie" ) is a person who tells someone private information about other people. This information is often damaging to the other people. It is meant to be information that is secret. The information is normally about a person, group or organization. It is given to an agency, often a government or law enforcement agency. The term is normally used in the law-enforcement world. In law enforcement, informants are known as confidential human sources (CHS), or criminal informants (CI).
In the United States, a confidential informant or "CI" is "any individual who provides useful and credible information to a law enforcement agency regarding felonious criminal activities and from whom the agency expects or intends to obtain additional useful and credible information regarding such activities in the future".
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- "informer". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
2: one that informs against another; specifically : one who makes a practice especially for a financial reward of informing against others for violations of penal laws
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"Special Report". oig.justice.gov. Retrieved 2021-01-28.
According to the Confidential Informant Guidelines, a confidential informant or "CI" is "any individual who provides useful and credible information to a Justice Law Enforcement Agency (JLEA) regarding felonious criminal activities and from whom the JLEA expects or intends to obtain additional useful and credible information regarding such activities in the future."