Course Catalogue

Surveillance Techniques

Surveillance Techniques

This course was developed by the Calgary Police Service (CPS) and is used as part of (Level 100) their Surveillance Techniques Training Blended Program. As such, this course may contain some CPS-specific information/policies. CPS has made this course available to all police services via CPKN.

Surveillance is the covert observation of movements and activities of assigned targets as a means to gather evidence or intelligence in support of a criminal investigation. An effective surveillance operation relies on a team that is skilled in the craft of surveillance and is cognizant of various factors that may impact the overall success of an investigation.

Surveillance Techniques is designed to provide experienced officers with a basic understanding of their legal authorities, the types and uses of surveillance in police operations, team structure, equipment, and communication methods. In addition to exploring the strategies and tactics associated with static, foot, and mobile surveillance, this course also provides important information about note taking, security, court testimony, driving, and the use of alcohol during a surveillance operation.

Please note that this offering consists of the course and two exams. Upon registration learners will be enrolled into all three offerings.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the different types of surveillance and why/when they are applied
  • Explain the importance of note taking, security, court testimony, driving, and the use of alcohol as they relate to a successful investigation
  • Recall structure of the surveillance team
  • Recall the equipment used during a surveillance operation
  • Understand the concept of observation points and how to select and use them
  • Recall methods, tactics, and best practices associated with static, foot and mobile surveillance operations
  • Recall methods of communication between surveillance team members
  • Explain countermeasures against various types of counter-surveillance tactics


Target Audience

This course is designed for experienced police officers.


Content Provider

This content for this course was developed by the Calgary Police Service.

Price: $100.00

Content Provider: Calgary Police Service

Language: English

Length: 3 hours

Release Date: 2014-06-27