Training Courses

RURAL SURVEILLANCE

Scope of Work for Rural Surveillance: 24 or 32 or 45 Hours *

This training is designed for the participant to obtain unique and specialized training to achieve the ability to conduct a rural/woodland operation and learn the art of invisibility in a woodland environment.  Course topics include: Operational Planning, Camouflage Techniques, Prior Intelligence of Target Assessment, Safety Issues, Infiltration and Exfiltration Techniques, Hide Site Construction, Equipment Needs, and Surveillance Strategies.  This is a hands-on training exercise conducted under arduous conditions.  Participants should possess a working knowledge of video equipment.

Recommended Equipment:  Binoculars, camouflage clothing, gilley hat, camouflage netting, field knife, camel back for water, ruck sack for equipment, video camera, digital or tape recorder, communication equipment (portable radio and cell phone), camo facial paint, plastic bags for waterproofing, small military shovel, duty and tactical weapons.

      • This course is not offered to the general public. 

This course is designed for Criminal Justice Agencies that employ:

      • Criminal Intelligence Gathering Units
      • Drug Investigation Units
      • Sniper Unit
      • Subversive Group Investigation Units

 

 

 Learner Objectives:  At the end of this 40-hour block of instruction the student will be able to:

      1. Compile and present a proper woodland operation plan.
      2. Identify resources and methods to obtain intelligence prior to a woodland operation mission.
      3. Identify and employ proper camouflage techniques in a woodland operation.
      4. Demonstrate the proper technique for in fielding and extracting a woodland operation surveillance team.
      5. Demonstrate how to build and safely occupy a hasty hide site in a woodland environment.
      6. Demonstrate knowledge of equipment needed to conduct and comfortably survive numerous hours of woodland operation surveillance.
      7. Demonstrate how to navigate and maintain stealth during surveillance in a woodland environment.
      8. Participate in a final exercise of surveillance in a woodland environment.

PHYSICAL SURVEILLANCE

SCOPE OF WORK PHYSICAL SURVEILLANCE  32 or 45 Hours

This training will provide the participant with the knowledge of proper planning methods and techniques for conducting a successful foot, vehicle and stationary surveillance operation in an urban setting. Participants will receive instruction on: Operational Planning, Concealment Techniques, Prior Intelligence of Target Assessment, Safety Issues, Infiltration and Exfiltration Techniques, Equipment Needs, Countermeasures, Personnel and Surveillance Strategies. This is a hands-on training exercise conducted under arduous conditions.

Participants should possess a working knowledge of video equipment and be prepared to use it during training.

This course is 90% field work. You will need a covert or unmarked vehicle and one video camera for every three (3) people. Please do not intend on using marked vehicles in this class.

 

      • This course is not offered to the general public. 

This course is designed for Criminal Justice Agencies that employ:

      • Criminal Intelligence Gathering Units
      • Drug Investigation Units
      • Sniper Unit
      • Subversive Group Investigation Units

Advanced Physical Surveillance Course

Forty-Five (45) Hours Instruction

The advanced course is designed to equip officers that have already attended the Basic Physical Surveillance Course with advanced physical surveillance skills and will focus on counter-surveillance techniques utilized by gangs, narco traffickers, and suspected terrorists. It will serve as a follow up to the basic course and allow officers to learn and practice advanced techniques. Officers will learn the best practices and pitfalls of surveilling groups and individuals that employ counter-surveillance measures. The course of instruction shall cover the following topics at a minimum:

Conduct Surveillance of Narco Traffickers, Suspected Terrorists and Gangs

Detect and Deter Counter-Surveillance

Protect Undercover and Surveillance Personnel from Counter-Surveillance

 Advanced Reconnaissance and Tactical Operation  

Planning Confrontation Procedures

Traffic Control and surveillance detection routes

Legal Issues of Physical Surveillance Operations

Develop a Deconfliction Plan

The course is field exercise-oriented with night exercises.

Needed equipment:  Variety of clothing, covert camera, communications, cash, covert vehicles, ruck sack, be prepared for long hours. 

The course is designed for law enforcement assigned to investigative units and task force units. 

Advanced Rural Surveillance Course

Forty Five (45) Hours Instruction

This 45 hour (4 day) training is designed for the participant to use already obtained unique and specialized training to achieve the ability to conduct a rural/woodland operation and learn the advanced art of invisibility in a woodland environment and prepare for a RON (remain overnight) Mission.  Course topics include:  Refresher lecture on Operational Planning, Camouflage Techniques, Prior Intelligence of Target Assessment, Safety Issues, Infiltration and Exfiltration Techniques, Hide Site Construction, Equipment Needs, and Surveillance Strategies.  Additional course topics include: Night Movements, Mission Support Site Construction, Sanitizing a Mission Support Site, Noise, Light and Odor Discipline, Changing Personnel Shifts, Navigating between Mission Support Site and Observation Post, External Mission Support Personnel, Relaying Support Items to a RON Team, Emergency Plan.

This is a hands-on training exercise conducted under arduous conditions and requires the participants to participate in a 24 hour RON exercise.  Participants should have already taken the Rural Surveillance course

Recommended Equipment:  Binoculars, camouflage clothing, gilly hat, camouflage netting, field knife, camel back for water, ruck sack for equipment, video camera, digital or tape recorder, communication equipment (portable radio and cell phone), camo facial paint, plastic bags for waterproofing, small military shovel, duty and tactical weapons, ground cloth, sleeping bag, lean-to cover, EMT Kit, body function cleaning tissues (biodegradable).

  • This course is not offered to the general public. 

This course is designed for Criminal Justice Agencies that employ:

  • Criminal Intelligence Gathering Units
  • Drug Investigation Units
  • Sniper Unit
  • Subversive Group Investigation Units

FUGITIVE MANHUNT

45 HOURS

This course is designed for law enforcement officers and K-9 Units to learn and evaluate tracking techniques that will lead to the apprehension of armed and dangerous fugitives.  An arduous and taxing course that teaches the following Learner Objectives:

  • Land Navigation
  • Man Tracking Techniques
  • Dog Team Formations
  • Tactical/Cover Team Movement,
  • Cover/Concealment and Camouflage
  • Line and Road March Formations
  • Officer Safety Issues
  • Identifying and Crossing Danger Areas
  • Team Hand-Offs, Rally Points, Nonverbal Communications
  • Proper Law Enforcement Identification in a Tactical Environment.

This is a mentally and physically stressful course.

Recommended equipment:

Flashlight

Cold weather clothes and gloves

Enough clothes to account for bad weather and soiled items

Latex gloves

Duty tactical gear

Tactical uniform

Woodland clothing (especially boots)

Wet weather gear

Cell phone

Agency comms with spare batteries

Small first aid kit

Plant allergy ointments

Compass

Water packs or containers

Small binoculars

Snacks while in the woods

Long Barrel Weapon

BFA (Blank Firing Apparatus) for M4 style weapons

Blank Ammo if your agency has it (We, Black Duck, will have a limited amount of 12 gauge and .223 blanks)

PROTECTIVE SERVICES DETAIL

45 HOUR

Course Scope:  The fundamentals of this course can be employed in any theatre of operation. However, this course is focused on protective operations conducted by law enforcement professionals within their legal jurisdictions, rules of engagement, and departmental protocols.

Course Prerequisites:  Students must be basically trained in the proper and safe use of firearms as well as the fundamentals of escalation of force. This course is open to law enforcement with various training and experience levels.

Safety Brief: This is a hands-on course with a low to moderate chance of injury.  Students who feel they are unable to sustain a controlled fall on protective mats, stand for extended periods of time, or drag/carry a human body for 50 meters or less should consult their physician as to whether or not it is prudent for them to participate.

Terminal Learning Objective:

Without the aid of reference, perform basic tasks as a team member of a Protective Services Detail.

Without the aid of reference, demonstrate a basic understanding of the planning and execution of Protective Service Operations.

Enabling Learning Objectives:

      • Employ advanced armed and unarmed close-quarter combat skills as a Personal Security Officer.
      • Command and control Protective Services Detail operations as a PSD Shift Leader.
      • Develop heightened awareness as a protective team member
      • Employ advanced close-quarter combat skills and escalation of force as an Inner Cordon Team Member
      • Deploy a defensive perimeter for static or mobile operations as an Outer Cordon Team Member
      • Conduct route and zone reconnaissance as an Advance Team Member.
      • Develop and Employ Counter-Surveillance Tactics
      • Deny physical access and surveillance to High-Risk Personnel as a Protective Services Vehicle Operator.

Plan and supervise PSD operations

SRT Class

Scope of work for SRT class 40 Hours

This SRT course of instruction is designed for the beginner use of tactical carbine and handgun maneuvers.  Qualified firearm instructors who have extensive experience in light infantry skills teach the course. The course requires extreme discipline on the part of the student and a rigid method of instruction from the range master and support personnel.  Safety is the number one priority.

The initial phase of the class will begin with a tactical shooting platform. This will transcend transition into shooting and moving with the handgun and the carbine. Basis skills will conclude with transitions, shield work, carbines and support hand shooting.

The course progresses into wound ballistics, approaches, tactical angles, and downed officer recovery. When these skills are mastered; the student will progress to close-quarter encounters such as hallways stairwells and doorways.  All of this is predicated through instructions on reconnaissance and sectorization.

The final phases of the SRT course include simulation practical exercises along with diversionary devices and less than lethal weapons. The targeted intent of this portion of the instruction is barricaded suspects, hostage rescue, and direct to threat.

The final phases of the SRT course include cover pile, vehicle takedown, linear assault; such as buses airplanes and trains; and team recovery. Each day of instruction is concluded with an after-action report. It is recommended that marginal shooters do not attend this course.

Law Enforcement and Military Only

Special Response Team Ballistic Shield

Scope of Work Special Response Team Ballistic Shield

24 Hours

This course is designed to teach Law Enforcement Officers methods to employ the ballistic shield in order to mitigate and minimize the ballistic threat in a tactical environment.

Students will learn the capabilities and limitations of the ballistic shield and how to conduct tactical negotiations and employ the ballistic shield in conjunction with lights, mirrors, and firearms. Students will also learn how to dynamically use the ballistic shield to employ throw phones, break and hold teams, downed officer recovery, breaching, and linear assaults.

This course is a 24-hour block of instruction with 8 hours dedicated to firearms with a ballistic shield.  The other 16 hours will be for practical exercises based on course guidelines. The course is designed to handle up to twelve students with two instructors and is ideally conducted at a firearms range and multiple structures from residential, scholastic, to commercial.

Law Enforcement and Military Only

BASIC NARCOTIC INVESTIGATIONS

This Monday through Friday, 50-hour course is designed for the newly assigned or soon to be assigned narcotics investigator or officers that are interested in a career path in narcotics investigation.  This course will cover the basic techniques of narcotics investigation used on a daily basis.  The course will cover in detail, NC drug law, surveillance, operational planning, case planning, undercover work, informant management and selection, search warrant preparation and more.

The course will be instructed by current narcotics agents and supervisors from state and Local Agencies.

The course is taught in real-time practical exercises each day.  Participants should be prepared for extremely long days and nights.

Participants will be required to conduct an investigation from the beginning to the final presentation.  Activities include surveillance, controlled or UC purchases, Informant management and procurement, search warrant preparation, and final arrest planning and presentation for prosecution.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT:

Participants should bring technical equipment that is currently being used by their Agency; including but not limited to surveillance equipment, trackers, cameras, wires, or other equipment. Unmarked cars are recommended but not a requirement.

THIS IS A HANDS-ON COURSE MAKING REAL-TIME DECISIONS


Introduction to Undercover Operations 

This 3-day 36-hour course (12 hours per day) is designed for officers that are newly assigned or have a desire to work in an undercover capacity.
The basic portion of the course will build a solid foundation of important principles of working undercover, from initial planning to emergency procedures.

The student will be exposed to undercover scenarios with the use of informants and “cold” assignments.  The course will discuss and demonstrate undercover techniques and audio/video surveillance techniques with commonly used technology.  Case planning and documentation will be discussed as well as common pitfalls experienced by undercover officers.