Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

May 11, 2013

Proposal would restrict use of kids in drug stings

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“This is not a normal narcotics investigation,” Narsh said.

Kowall said he wants to set a minimum age of 13 for all confidential informants, although he called that age a starting point and said it doesn’t indicate his approval of using children that young. He also wants to require parental approval in cases involving children.

“I just don’t think a child ... has the mental capacity to realize what they’re getting themselves into,” Kowall said.

Robert Stevenson, president of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, said any regulations would need to be reasonable.

“I don’t know that most police agencies would have a problem with some type of guidelines, but we’d have to see what it is,” Stevenson said.

 

 

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