Surveillance Techniques

This 32 hour training program is designed to provide the students with the knowledge and skills to successfully conduct and properly document their surveillance activities.

Surveillance is an "art" that can only be perfected through proper training and a tremendous amount of practice.  The old saying "practice makes perfect" does not necessarily apply. The correct saying should be "perfect practice makes perfect performance."  The students will experience practical hands-on surveillance in realistic scenarios that mimic some of the complex criminal organizations, their assets, and other crimes in which surveillance is needed.  The practical scenarios challenge the students to maintain their covert role while attempting to follow the suspects.  All of the instructors for this course have extensive on-the-job experience in all phases of surveillance. They have also conducted numerous surveillance training courses around the United States, as well as the world.

In addition to practical surveillance techniques, the students are required to fully document all of their surveillance via notes, photographs, video, etc.  A complete flow chart of practical surveillance will be created daily by the students.  This flow chart will also be supported by video and pictures captured each day.

To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via LMS. 

Upcoming classes are listed below.  Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the class.  Selections will be completed four weeks prior to the class; those accepted into the class will receive a notification at that time.

If classes are full, or not available, please complete the  Course Interest Survey.  This is not a waiting list, but instead helps us see if there is enough interest to create another class.  If we schedule a session, we will contact everyone who has completed the survey and request that registration be completed.

$500 (agencies will be invoiced by the instructor)
DB Gates (Special Investigations Program Manager), Roxana Jenny-Williams (Administrative Assistant)


Who can attend our classes?

This class is only open to detectives and investigators. 

Required Equipment

  • Radio with earpiece
  • Telephone with earpiece
  • UC vehicle with tinted window
  • Digital or 35 mm camera
  • Digital or tape video camera
  • GPS
  • Binoculars
  • Note pads and pens
  • Backpack
  • Various hats
  • Shirts in various different colors
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses
  • Jackets in various different colors.

Dress Code

Visitors attending training at the WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus. 

Visitors not wearing agency identification can attend classes in business casual attire.  They will need check in at the front desk and wear a clip-on visitor's identification card.


Classes will be held 0800 – 1700 Monday through Friday.

Dates and locations will vary by session.


Deadline to cancel is 7 days prior to class.  Send an email to to cancel your registration.

$500 no show or late cancellation fee