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Key attributes of an effective human source handler

Very little has been written about the selection of police officers to specialist roles and approaches to training in specialist areas such as the recruitment and management of human sources. This research examined experienced handler perceptions of the core attributes of effective human source handlers. Twenty-two experienced handlers from Australia and New Zealand participated in semi-structured interviews. Findings showed that experienced handlers perceive relationship alliance (bond and attachment), task alliance (rules of engagement) and technique (methodology) as characterising the process of effective handling. Experienced handlers also identified the attributes they believed handlers required to effectively engage in this process of handling human sources.

Project duration

January 2014 - December 2015


Associate Professor Pamela Henry
Ms Nikki Rajakaruna

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