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Seminar Title:  
Introduction to Basic Surveillance Techniques

DATES:  8/21/2018 through 8/23/2018

INSTRUCTOR(S):  James "Randy" Merriman

LOCATION:  Public Agency Training Council Training Center - 5235 Decatur Blvd, Indianapolis, IN  46241

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn - Indianapolis, IN  317-856-6200
$95 Double or Single
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

James (Randy) Merriman is a career Law Enforcement officer with a background as a Special Agent with an elite Texas Governors narcotic enforcement unit. Randy is a certified as a Texas Law Enforcement Instructor and holds certifications ranging from Basic to Master level. He is recognized by the US DOD as an Awareness, Human Behavior Analysis (HBA) and Tracking Subject Matter Expert and has an outstanding reputation for the delivery of high quality training to various U.S. Department of Defense organizations and US Allies. RANDY has also developed awareness courses and delivered training to multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Randy has provided awareness courses in support of all branches of the US military and Special Forces communities. He has provided Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) awareness programs to the US Navy EOD Training and Evaluation Units and has provided services as the course developer and instructor for the Advanced Situational Awareness (ASA) program at the US Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) at Ft Benning Georgia. He has delivered awareness and tracking programs to the USMC Snipers and was program developer and subject matter expert for the USMC “Combat Hunter” program. He has taught these programs to elite Military Units such as the British SAS, 3 Para, Royal Marines, Royal Tank Regiment, and has served as an instructor for the elite British Jungle Warfare Training facility in Brunei. He has trained Canadian Special Forces, Danish Frogmen Corp, Danish Jaegers, Danish EOD Engineers and the Dutch Royal Marines in their respected countries and around the globe in Awareness, HBA, C-IED and Tracking skill sets.


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Course Objectives

Transitioning an officer from a uniformed patrol position to perform surveillance or operate in a covert or undercover role without proper learning process can result in civil liability, weak cases, officer injury and even death. Conducting a competent surveillance operation can take years to master and the learning process can be risky and dangerous for the officer which can also result in costly recoveries for the department. The PATC Basic Surveillance program is designed to fulfil department requirements to transition the inexperienced surveillance officer into a covert role and close the experience gap between newly assigned officers and seasoned veterans. The Program is designed for officers assigned to units that enforce narcotic, vice, organized crime, intelligence, raid planning, interdiction and protection details. The course is also designed to bring the seasoned surveillance officer into the most current tactics and techniques in surveillance operations and procedures.

The Program includes training that is filled with hands on practical exercises in an array of scenarios that places the student in real life training environments. The students are exposed to scenarios that require them to perform in both rural, urban and suburban environments during the daylight, lowlight and late-night demonstrations. The training encompasses complex Field Training Exercises (FTX) that includes scenarios requiring the students to apply all learned skills in environments shaped to simulate common working or operational areas.

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to function as a member of a surveillance team in stationary, foot, and vehicle operations. The student will be able to communicate effectively, plan a surveillance operation, and minimize personal and team risk during surveillance operations. The student will also understand the legal elements of surveillance and how to obtain admissible evidence for court.


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