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Length: 4 Days (32 Hours)

Designed for: Students with minimal to no experience conducting surveillance operations.

Course Description: This course focuses on the specific issues of drug enforcement surveillance. The purpose of this class is to instruct the student in the applicable laws relating to narcotics surveillance and the proper techniques for conducting stationary, foot, and moving narcotics surveillance. This course addresses the importance of conducting surveillance on drug trafficking organizations and transnational criminal organizations (TOC) including terrorist groups. In addition, to pre-operation briefings, de-confliction procedures & communication with local law enforcement, investigative reports, protection of informants, counter-surveillance, and case management will be discussed. Upon completion of this course, the student will have a working knowledge of the various types of surveillance techniques utilized for a prosecutable drug case; an understanding of the equipment available for a narcotics surveillance operation and its capabilities and limitations; and the practical skills necessary to conduct a narcotics surveillance operation.

Course Objectives:

  • Types of surveillance
  • Benefits of Surveillance in Drug Investigations
  • Surveillance Evidence used in Drug Trafficking Organizations
  • Methods of surveillance
  • Terminology
  • Preparation/Briefing
  • Equipment
  • Techniques
  • Communications
  • Legal principles
  • Counter-surveillance
  • Safety
  • Surveillance on Transnational Criminal Organizations
  • Post-operation debriefings

Taught by Mick Mollica, L.E.A.R.N. Associates