This course provides students with the fundamentals of physical surveillance investigations. Students will undertake a study of covert surveillance techniques and be able to apply these techniques in real world situations. Focuses on stationary, vehicle, and foot surveillance in urban and rural environments will prepare students to integrate these strategies into their work duties.
This class is conducted live and includes one day of classroom and one or two days of skills training in the field. This course should be selected to enroll for an upcoming scheduled course.
**NOTE – Master Surveillant ORC and LE courses are restricted to retail investigators and law enforcement personnel and enrollment is subject to approval.
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Basic Surveillance Training Outline
This course will expose the students to the concepts outlined in the book Fundamentals of Physical Surveillance (3rd Edition). The student will become familiar with the concepts and practical application of covert physical and electronic surveillance and their implementation in various investigations.
Required and Suggested Text and Reading
Books and documents suggested for reading by students serious about Mastering the Art of Surveillance!
Legalities of Conducting Covert Surveillance (Live)
Fundamental to conducting a covert surveillance operation is staying within the law. Failure to abide by federal, state, and local laws can create liability for the surveillant and the surveillance investigator’s employer. This session provides an overview of surveillance laws as they apply to law enforcement investigators. Since laws vary from state to state, law enforcement investigators must examine their own jurisdiction’s legal requirements for compliance, and should seek the advice from legal counsel before implementing a covert or electronic surveillance operation.
Surveillance Pre-Planning (Live)
This session will discuss the surveillant mindset, which is fundamental to a successful surveillance operation. Students then learn techniques for gathering intelligence on subjects from online sources and scouting missions. The formulation of a surveillance plan, preparing equipment for surveillance, and conducting a team briefing concludes this session.
Stationary Surveillance (Live)
Often referred to as a fixed surveillance or stakeout, this session will discuss setting up for stationary surveillance. The positioning of surveillance personnel in vehicles or static observation posts is fundamental to gathering intelligence and reporting of subject activities to the team.
Vehicle Surveillance (Live)
This session considers the extensive requirement of vehicles to follow subjects in their vehicles, on bike, or foot. This session discusses numerous surveillance techniques and variations, which surveillance investigators may employ depending upon the conditions under which the surveillant is conducting surveillance.
Foot Surveillance (Live)
This session explores the techniques to follow subjects on foot. Investigations nearly always require some foot surveillance to get intelligence not available or visible from a vehicle. Foot surveillances can vary depending on whether the surveillance is conducted in a rural or urban environment.
Technical Surveillance (Live)
This session covers the application of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) tracking devices for surveillance. This session will cover the installation, tracking, and recovery/removal of GPS tracking devices.
Visual Aids & Photography (Live)
This session discusses the use of binoculars and their application to covert surveillance. Also discussed is the use of Digital SLR cameras and video that surveillants can record with the various cameras available on the market. The session will specifically study equipment available or equipment already utilized by the students.
Field Exercises Overview (Live)
Students will participate in a series of closely monitored field scenarios involving stationary and mobile covert surveillance. The field exercises will require students to practice and develop their skills.