As our industry continues to diligently mitigate risk to officers and citizens, SWAT Teams are being tasked with seeking improved methods to performing historically dangerous operations. Covert surveillance capabilities can be a key component to the success of non-typical SWAT missions and help increase the viability of SWAT officers for use by their agencies in a wider spectrum of tasks. Improved surveillance techniques will establish avenues for increased readiness and threat mitigation in operational areas such as; Narcotics Related Warrants and Arrests, Fugitive Apprehension and Dignitary Protection. This course will focus on the basic principles of surveillance techniques and working to incorporate those principles into SWAT operations. There will be 8 hours dedicated to Vehicle Take Down and Assault operations. The curriculum is geared toward the SWAT Team member with little exposure to covert surveillance techniques, however all Commissioned LEOs and U.S. military personnel are welcome.
The 24 hour course will be a combination of classroom instruction and practical field exercises.
Topics of instruction include:
- Vehicle Take Away and Surveillance
- Vehicle Takedown Coordination/Techniques
- Vehicle Assaults
- Surveillance on Foot
- Covert Arrest Team Tactics
- Static Surveillance
- Counter-Surveillance Considerations
- Integrating with and Supplementing Investigative Units
Officer Eric Gordon
Officer Eric Gordon has been a police officer since 2006. He is currently assigned as a Team Leader for the Valley Regional SWAT team and has been a member since 2007. Some of his instructor certifications include Direct Action Resource Center (DARC) Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism Course Level 1, DARC Advanced Operational Breaching Techniques, DARC Advanced Explosive Breaching Program Supervisor Course, T1G (Explosive Master Breaching, Ballistic Breaching, Mechanical Breaching, Exothermic Breaching), Tactical Energetic Entry Systems (TEES) Law Enforcement Explosive Master Breacher and Forced Entry Tactical Training (FETT) explosive breaching for law enforcement. Eric also holds numerous instructor certifications in a variety of topics.
- UC or unmarked vehicle
- Plains Clothes
- Vehicle GPS