Enabling officials to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance to regional and international standards. The Surveillance & Reconnaissance Course (SRC) combines foundation and advanced technical and physical surveillance courses with specialist reconnaissance, covert entry and search programmes as prescribed by international and regional curriculum. Students learn progressive and technical surveillance, reconnaissance, defensive tactics, covert infiltration, and exfiltration techniques. The course draws particular focus to regional and international
standards, security, and policy.

Introducing students to surveillance, the course takes students with existing knowledge of intelligence to the position of recognised surveillance operators.

Learning Objectives

Surveillance Concepts: Understand the role of the surveillance operative and the function of surveillance and reconnaissance in intelligence. Understand surveillance methodology including the stages of surveillance, surveillance triggers, cover plans, exposure and more.

Planning & Preparation: Plan reconnaissance, surveillance and surveillance detection operations. Prepare for deployment in various environments. Conduct operational briefing and debriefings, pre and post- deployment.

Progressive Surveillance: Progress from static observation posts (OPs) to foot and mobile surveillance applying stakeout, follow, handover, housing, pick up and other tactics and techniques for each. Conduct extended day and night operations in urban and rural environments. Develop contingency plans and compromise procedures for units and operators.

Technical Surveillance: Develop, deploy and operate improvised and manufactured covert technical surveillance devices for audio and video capture, location tracking, multispectral and other forms of covert collection. Maintain technical surveillance equipment in the field. Utilise technical support for disguise, props, cover, and operational support. Penetrate communications networks and computer systems.

Surveillance Detection: Understand surveillance threats, develop an awareness of surveillance activity and identify potential sources of surveillance. Deploy technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM), anti-surveillance tactics and counter-surveillance where appropriate to ensure personal and operational security. Utilise tactics to detect when surveillance countermeasures are being deployed. Surveillance Equipment: Conduct surveillance photography using simple, concealable and overt capture devices with optics. Employ video and audio capture from static and mobile positions. Communicate using surveillance radio procedure over a covert secure network.
Employ common and specialised technical surveillance equipment as required.

Reconnaissance: Conduct zone, area, route and close target reconnaissance (CTR) in various environments. Employ cover, camouflage, and concealment to operators and equipment to avoid detection. Infiltrate, tactically move throughout an area of operations, construct/deconstruct a hide and exfiltrate. Utilise cover teams in reconnaissance, surveillance, surveillance detection and in support of other intelligence operations. Covert Entry & Search: Develop a covert entry and operational conduct action plan. Conduct lock and security reconnaissance and recognition. Identify security vulnerabilities for exploitation and bypass. Pick, strip and decode locks. Impression, cut and copy keys. Demonstrate urban and rural search techniques, including covert searches of persons,
vehicles and premises.