Level IV Customized Western Hemisphere surveillance detection and kidnap awareness

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Lead Instructor: Joseph M. Glad

Office: West 11th Street Houston, Texas 77008
Phone: 832-584-3719
Email: jglad@ssgsta.com
Web page: www.surveillancespecialtygroup.com

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Class Hours - Level IV: EightHourCustomized Surveillance
Detection and KidnapAwareness Training

This course involves asix hour instructor-led careful examination of covert physical surveillance methodology, and two hours of field foot surveillance exercises. Emphases are on the inner workings of mobile, foot,and vehicular surveillance tradecraft, vehicular and foot vulnerabilities and methodologies, tricks of the trade, surveillance focal points, discretion, limited surveillance terminology, surveillance types and responsibilities, importance of area knowledge, surveillance detection,and pre-planning your excursions. The two hours of field exercises will have up to 24 students with a 1:4 instructor/student ratio, or less,depending on class size. The student will be offeredkeen insight, constructive criticism, instantand strong critique and advicefrom the trained and experiencedinstructor(s). The instructor will offer an objective view of the student's performance during the exercise.This course is designed to be implemented into Criminal Justice College curriculums as a Continuing Education Unit, corporate employees with overseas travels, law enforcement professionals, and for the private sectors within the private investigations profession.

This is acustomized six hour,instructor-led trainingand two hours ofa field exercise inwhich topics are presented by an instructor, a Power Point Presentation, operational videos and pictorial exampleswith hands on experience through the foot surveillance field exercises. Open dialogue and student interaction during the course will be strongly encouraged and personally presented by the field instructors. There will be a comprehensive,interactive instructor lead written final examination. The field exercises will be an objective pass/fail by the field instructor. Students must pass the final exam and the field exercises to pass the course.After completing Level IV, the student's level of expertise will be strong in the fundamentals of basic surveillance techniques and trained well enough to effectivelyidentify surveillance and how to conduct themselves while under surveillance. The Level IV course assumes no previous surveillance experience, nor training, therefore the initial eight hours will place emphasis on how surveillance operates, sets up, moves with you, their use ofspecialized equipment, safety, andvulnerabilities during daily excursions.The next two hours will offer hands-onSurveillance Detectionexperience through field exercises.


  1. To introduce the students on how surveillance operatives plan, coordinate, and direct a covert surveillance. The field surveillance exercises are designed to give the student a hands-on approach and experience in being surveilledwhile putting to use the classroom training. The student will experience the adrenaline, chaos, difficulties, the feeling of being exposed, judgments and critical decision opportunities while multi-tasking in split second situations presented.
  2. To introduce the students to vehicle and foot surveillance vulnerabilities in performing covert surveillances and how to select the proper methodology for the surveillance situation(s). Then reverse engineering the surveillance knowledge into how it will be used against the student.
  3. To educate students of the importance in preparedness, attentiveness, area knowledge, discretion levels, safety issues, vehicle and foot surveillance situations and to educate through hands on experiences.
  4. To provide students with opportunities to develop surveillance detection skills through surveillance operations, knowledge of and exposure to techniques used. The objective is to sharpen awareness and safety through hands-on professional training.
  5. Surveillance detection - How to plan your daily excursions, how to perform your surveillance detection route, plan a safe route with safety escape routes.
  6. If kidnapped, the student will be educated on how to gather information of their whereabouts through their senses and other avenues and opportunities.
  7. After knowledge of surveillance is gained and the methodology is understood, students will be able to reverse engineer what they've learned and use it to identify surveillance, commonly known as performing a surveillance detection run (SDR).
  8. To educate the students in the identification of surveillance detection types and styles. This consists of efforts made by the target to identify the presence of surveillance.Students will understand how surveillance detection is conducted by one of three methods, or any combination of the three. The three methods are passive, active, and technical surveillance detection.
  9. Passive detection involves the target doing nothing more than observing his/her surroundings. The target will simply watch for suspicious activity by the surrounding vehicles and/or pedestrians.
    Active surveillance detection involves the target making specific, usually pre-planned maneuvers, SDR, to elicit conspicuous reaction from a surveillance effort. The target attempts to force members of the surveillance team to react in a manner that allows him/her to isolate and identify surveillance.
    Technical surveillance detection involves the use of electronic equipment, i.e. frequency scanners, spectrum analyzers, etc.


  1. Definitions of: Surveillance, discretion, and surveillance detection
  2. Surveillance terminology
  3. Surveillance types and examples
  4. Pre-planning your daily excursions and the initial surveillance phase against you
  5. Surveillance detection routes and how to create a route
  6. Surveillance assignments
  7. Initial movements of a surveillant or surveillance team
  8. Vehicular surveillance demeanors,vehicular surveillance vulnerabilities, what to watch for
  9. Foot surveillance demeanors, foot surveillance vulnerabilities, what to watch for
  10. The importance of area knowledge and tools to educate oneself
  11. How to develop and use your senses for location awareness
  12. Changing your appearance, discreetly
  13. Photographic strategies and opportunities for your adversaries
  14. Reversing the use of tricks of the trades on your adversaries


  1. Students will perform multiple foot surveillance detection exercises in atwo hour period. The exercises will be in a progressive manner starting with a simple task and short exercise then progressing to the two hour exercise which is designed to present valuable learning experiences.
  2. Students will create a surveillance detection route then have to perform it against an experienced surveillance team. This is the final exam exercises.


  1. Students should bring writing instruments and paper. All other course materials will be supplied by SSG/STA.
  2. Valid driver's license.

There will be an instructor lead comprehensive written final examinationat the end of the six hour lesson. The exam will consist of fill in the blank terminology, true and false questions and surveillance situational questions, all of which are discussed in class. Field exercises will be graded by the student's assigned field instructor.

A student will fail the class immediately if at any time during any exercise that the student is deemed a danger or dangerous to the public while performing in surveillance duties.

GENERAL: Certificates of completion will be presented to the passing students


  1. Cell phones will be off or on vibrate. No texting or calling while in the classroom.
  2. Dress is business casual
  3. Attendance for the entire eight hour class is mandatory
  4. Students are expected to be active learner, which includes verbally participating through group-discussions


  1. Evacuation procedures and routes - To be determined at class site
  2. First aid and first aid kit - To be determined at class site
  3. Emergency ambulance - To be determined at class site
  4. Security (if needed) - To be determined at class site

For the continued success and growth of the class, student ideas, their comments, suggestions, and strong critiques are encouraged and openly welcomed. The above will be met with the utmost discretion and will be no part of the student's grade.

For the most part, graduating students will be able to understand the operational parts of a moving physical surveillance. The students will be able to detect, operate and behave within the parameters of being under surveillance. The students willtravel abroad with a sense of self confidence while still performing their work related duties or enjoying their work or vacation time abroad. The objective of Level IV training is to make the student aware of dangers, quickly recognize dangers, detect surveillance, made aware of valuable senses for location awareness and prepare escape routes to safety.

The six hour class is a set, structured lesson plan which will have very little deviation to it. The two hour field exercise is designed to be flexible and has little time restrain to them. The importance is to guarantee each student is exposed to critical surveillance lessons, therefore an exercise may run over the stated time frame.

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Level IV Instructor - Lead Training Agenda at a Glance

Day one, 7:30am to 5pm

7:30 - 8:00am Seminar Registration
8:00 - 8:15am Instructor and student introductions
8:15 - 9:30am Introduction to surveillance and its methodologies;surveillance terminology & surveillance types;Surveillance planning;Surveillance assignments and their teamwork.
9:30 - 10:45am Surveillance detection: alerting Vehicle and foot surveillancebehaviors/what to watch for; Passive, active and technical techniques of surveillance detection
10:45 - 11:15am Express kidnappings; long term kidnappings; important observation necessities and appropriate interaction
12:15am - 12:00pm The importance of Area knowledge; preparing Surveillance detection routes; preparing abort techniques; knowing your human behaviors, patterns and trends; and organized reporting.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Catered Lunch
1:00pm - 1:30pm Break out for foot surveillances exercises
1:30 - 3:00pm Perform foot surveillance exercises
3:00 - 3:30pm Exercise debriefing
3:30 - 4:30pm Electronic intrusion techniques; protecting your electronics, your belongings, and the company's trade secrets
4:30 - 5:00pm Question and answers; course critique; awarding of certificates of completion

As stated in this website, The SSG will provide classes in your area for a slightly higher additional cost. The additional cost is related to the level of class requested.

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