A workplace sting operation is nothing more than a purchase of drugs or stolen property/information that has been strategically planned involving two or more individuals. The objective is to conduct such investigations, whenever possible, on company time and property. Video is also preferable whenever possible. When certain types of sting operations are carried out, law enforcement may be required to be present, or elect not to participate.
Most onsite sting operations end the investigation immediately following the sting. The preference is to continue the investigation, although the perpetrator has been caught with their "hands in the cookie jar," and interviews then begin based on the information developed as a result of the investigation.
Example of a Sting Operation
Operative "A" introduces a culpable, dishonest, employee to operative "B" as a buyer/ "receiver" for stolen property. After the introduction, the dishonest employee is carefully questioned about the length of time, methods, and motives for their theft activities. Under most circumstances, the dishonest employee will freely and voluntarily answer the questions asked by operative "B".
This occurs because operative "A" successfully conditioned the dishonest employee to believe that operative "B" is someone that should be impressed, and by doing so will increase the profits for both operative "A" and the dishonest employee.
Arrangements are then made to meet again to exchange the stolen goods for the agreed-upon price. At this point, DRM may recommend ending the investigation and proceeding with the interview process.
A second scenario may be to proceed as planned and purchase the stolen property. Under these circumstances the money paid is a nominal amount, and is only enough to purchase one sample of what the employee is selling.
This is done for two reasons: one is to confirm that what the employee said about his involvement in theft is true, and secondly, there is now actionable evidence coupled with surveillance video. The video recording, if planned accordingly, can be captured when the theft of the product occurs and when the product is sold.
Armed with this information regarding one or more employees, they can be interviewed, and the company can subsequently recover the stolen property. As a result of their cooperation they have now created a "domino effect," which implicates other employees and non- employees, with and including various other types of misconduct information.