Surveillance (5 Days)
During the 5 day course students will learn the skills necessary to conduct surveillance in support of law enforcement, military and unconventional operations. Whether conducting narcotics investigations or investigating suspected terrorist personnel, surveillance skills are a necessary asset that enhances the spectrum of operational capabilities. Properly planned and executed surveillance missions greatly increases the probabilities of success of follow-on missions conducted against the target.
The instructors for this course are experienced in surveillance and counter surveillance operations acquired while serving with USSOCOM and various law enforcement agencies.
Surveillance is a skill set that requires concentrated practice; thus students will participate in multiple practical exercises. A minimal amount of lecture based study will be required in order to orient the student to the operation terms and principles of study. Students will learn the purpose of surveillance, types of surveillance – discreet or close surveillance, surveillance terms such as; what does it mean to be “backing” or what is a “checking drill”, Surveillant qualifications – what makes a good Surveillant, methods of surveillance- from foot surveillance to technical surveillance, phases of surveillance – beginning with the pick up and ending with housing the subject, operational environment – understanding everything from the inhabitants to street configurations, team preparations and communications planning – how many surveillance personnel are being used and use of radios and hand and arm signals.
Students will participate in practical exercises utilizing each of the surveillance methods incorporating foot surveillance with 2, 3 and 4 man surveillance teams. The course level gradually increases in difficulty culminating with a combination surveillance using 2 – 6 vehicles. The culmination practical exercise will be conducted in an urban area where students will utilize the techniques learned during the course.
Course curriculum includes the following surveillance topics: