Physical Surveillance

Course Description

This course focuses on the categories of physical surveillance, surveillance terminology, equipment and skills. It addresses conducting surveillance on drug traffickers, circumventing counter-surveillance, identifying terrorist countersurveillance, tactical operation plans, investigative reports, preparing for surveillance and operation scratch reports. After the first day of lecture to establish the rules, terminology, and tactics, students will be immersed in real surveillance operations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. List preparations for assignments necessitating physical surveillance.
  2. Perform the skills necessary for conducting physical surveillance on subjects of investigations.
  3. List techniques to personally conduct safe physical surveillance of subject(s).
  4. Identify counter-surveillance.
  5. Identify Al Qaeda-trained subjects.
  6. Discuss legal issues and legal restrictions associated with physical surveillance.


Course Length

5 days (37.5 hours)

Who May Attend This Course

Law Enforcement/Code Enforcement