Effectively mining the streets for good information:
It’s important to remember that the information police officers need to solve the crimes occurring on their beats is out there.
Aggressive cops know where to go to help develop good street information. In five years of undercover work dealing with some of Chicago’s most violent criminals, I saw first-hand how much talk goes down the streets.
The truth is that most bad guys can’t keep their mouths shut. They talk about their crimes and criminal activity all the time. This holds true whether you patrol a big city of small town beat.