Drugs : The intelligence war
The War on Drugs hollows out the criminal justice system, and it creates an atmosphere of fear amongst whole communities, overwhelmingly poor communities. Police are becoming more detached from the people who live in communities.
The vast majority of the use of informants is not for conventional investigation however. It is for drugs offences. This is the police side of the intelligence war in the larger War on Drugs, and like the wider conflict it is being lost spectacularly. It is not widely acknowledged just how much harm the pursuit for information causes.