Undercover Risk Analysis

Course Description

This two-day advanced course will identify and reinforce the principles of safe undercover, arrest and raid tactics. Students will learn how to assess RISK, determine if the risk is of an acceptable level and then how to manage that risk. They will also learn when and how to "shut down" an operation due to excessive risk. This course is designed for law enforcement personnel working undercover, conducting surveillance, participating in raids or arrests or managing any of the above tactical operations. This is not a basic course and it is suggested that those attending should have completed course(s) of instruction relative to or be familiar with undercover, surveillance and arrest procedures. Objectives will be met by use of classroom lecture, student participation/shared experiences, review of critical incidents/shootings and a practical exercise wherein each student will have the opportunity to work undercover. This is a highly interactive seminar and is presented by experts with a combined total of over 60 years of law enforcement experience.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Define the terms "undercover", "search warrant execution", "arrest" and "risk."
  2. Discuss the factors that allow narcotics enforcement to be "risk acceptable."
  3. Discuss what is meant by the term, "managing the risk."
  4. Discuss what is meant by the term, "reacting to risk."
  5. Identify the eight contemporary critical factors involved in undercover work.
  6. Design and implement an operational plan.
  7. Discuss what usually goes wrong within the confines of an operational plan.
  8. Describe the associated problems inherent with the use of communication equipment during tactical operations.
  9. Apply the terms, "complacency, ego, stress and common sense" as they relate to the undercover operative.
  10. Recognize and correct inaccurate conclusions from accurate observations.
  11. Describe and implement "flashrolls."
  12. Describe and discuss "accessibility of the undercover weapon."
  13. Determine the pros and cons of the undercover making the arrest based on each situation.
  14. Recognize and take proper action when there is "loss of control" during an undercover operation.
  15. Describe the concept of the "risk triangle" and be able to determine the level of risk in an operation.
  16. State reasons for the importance of control.
  17. Discuss the different roles of the undercover, the surveillance units and the supervisor as they apply to the particular street operation.
  18. Discuss and implement the Final Formula For Proper Risk Management.


Course Length

2 days (15 hours)

Who May Attend This Course

Law Enforcement/Code Enforcement