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Agent Handling - Stage 1

Stage 1 of the Agent Handling course is designed to teach best practice, related tradecraft and procedures in how to identify, recruit and manage informants/agents for operatives that have not experience in this discipline.

This course explores not only the practical aspects of recruitment and engagement with informants, but also the ethical issues and motivations, along with the risk attached in running informants and meetings.

Course Objectives

  • To understand sources of information and intelligence
  • To understand the National Intelligence Model, analytical techniques and intelligence products
  • To provide knowledge and skills in the tradecraft for identifying, recruiting and handling Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Agents)
  • To understand how to undertake risk assessments
  • To understand recording, sanitising and use of covertly acquired intelligence.

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2 Weeks


On application

Study type

Classroom based

Entry requirements

Introduction to Covert Intelligence and Tradecraft or other basic knowledge

Max no. of students


Course Consultant

James Ellender

James has spent 18 years working in various roles within business, law enforcement and intelligence within the UK and Abroad.


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