chapter  12
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Trash Cover

Trash cover is an investigative technique that involves law enforcement recovery of dis-

carded materials. Often it means going through a person’s garbage at his residence or

employment. It can also involve recovering materials dropped by a subject during sur-

veillance. Usually these materials are discarded by the subject himself. However, on

occasion, relevant items pertaining to the subject could be discarded by his or her

friends, relatives, or associates. A trash cover can be used effectively in most investiga-

tions. Although the phrase “trash cover” seems to imply a structured maneuver, the fact

is that many trash covers occur contemporaneously with an investigation and involve

little or no planning.