Physical Surveillance Operations

Course Fee: $495

Blackbird’s Physical Surveillance Operations class is designed for criminal investigative personnel assigned to duties that require surveillance. This class is for all levels of experience from beginner to advanced supervisory personnel to learn or hone their skills in the craft of covert observation. Physical Surveillance Operations will focus heavily on the team aspect of the surveillance operation from goal-oriented planning of the ops to the actual surveillance to the post operation documentation and reporting. Blackbird instructors will cover platform surveillance, stationary and mobile vehicle surveillance, foot surveillance and the use of modern technologies to supplement the physical surveillance.

This is a 5 day / 40-hour course. Day one will be spent in the classroom.  The remaining four days will have approximately one hour of class time (scenario briefings) followed by full days of surveillance operations scenarios.

There will be night time scenario operations in this class.  

Students that attend this class will benefit from Blackbird’s “learn while we work” philosophy. Each surveillance practical scenario will be debriefed and critiqued by the instructors and the class members.

 Topics Include:

  • The goals of Physical Surveillance
  • Selection of equipment and vehicles
  • Personnel selection
  • Safety measures
  • Communication methods
  • Surveillance terminology
  • Operational Plans
  • Surveillance tactics
  • Use of technology to assist physical surveillance
  • Team Leaders /supervisor roles
  • Documentation of surveillance

Audience: Criminal investigators and other specialty unit officers, supervisors and team leaders that regularly participate in enforcement operations. This class is restricted to Sworn Law Enforcement officers and active members of the United States Military.