Physical Surveillance Operations

Course Topics:

  • Learn the Art of Invisibility for your demeanor, physical postures, clothing and cars
  • Learn to pick the right tools and equipment for the job
  • Learn to design a focused, successful surveillance operation
  • Learn the tactics, terminology and tradecraft of following other human beings
  • Learn how to use modern technology to supplement Physical  Surveillance
  • Learn tactics that you can also use in Uniform assignments
Sgt. Jeff Smith

Sgt. Jeff Smith

Instructor

 Jeff began his career in 1991 as a police officer and spent 28 ½ years working in law enforcement. Jeff’s police life has focused heavily on drug enforcement and specialty unit operations.
 

Jeff spent a total of 18.5 years in full time assignments in the Criminal Investigation Division, and additional time in temporary assignments in CID. During his time in CID, Instructor Jeff Smith worked as a Detective First Class in the Special Enforcement Unit, Detective, Detective 1st Class, Corporal and Sergeant in the Narcotics Unit, and as a Sergeant in the Major Crimes Unit. Jeff was a Narcotics supervisor for a total of 10 years. Jeff’s unit was also cross-designated as members of the county drug task force and his unit has worked cases with DEA, FBI, HSI, US Customs, Maryland State Police, Delaware State Police, Virginia State Police and many other agencies all over the region.

During his time in drug enforcement, Jeff has participated in thousands of operations both as a detective and supervisor. In his 10 years as a drug enforcement supervisor, Jeff’s unit was responsible for 1,226 arrests. Jeff supervised several thousand undercover operations and participated as a detective in many more over the years.

Jeff helped design and implement numerous long-term undercover operations that resulted in as many as 41 arrests in one operation. His unit ran an undercover taxi company in Ocean City for 2 ½ years resulting in dozens of indictments for felony drug distribution offenses.

The unit was often responsible for and regularly trained for their own tactical operations in open air buy bust operations, rolling buy bust operations, long term round-up operations, vehicle involved arrests and takedowns, officer and informant rescue and other tactical operations. They were the “go to” unit for the agency when there were special surveillance and non-traditional operational needs.

Jeff attended dozens of specialized drug enforcement schools sponsored by over 30 different agencies totaling over 1,200 hours of training in drug enforcement alone and another 35 schools focused in other areas of policing.

Jeff was regularly used as an Expert Witness for the State’s Attorney’s Office in Worcester County, Maryland in felony drug prosecutions. Jeff received 18 departmental commendations and awards in his career and 6 Officer of the Year nominations.

Jeff spent 10 years as a tactical officer with the department’s SWAT team and was a Crisis Negotiator for 12 years and served as Assistant CNT Commander for 2 years.

Course Topics:

  • Learn the Art of Invisibility for your demeanor, physical postures, clothing and cars
  • Learn to pick the right tools and equipment for the job
  • Learn to design a focused, successful surveillance operation
  • Learn the tactics, terminology and tradecraft of following other human beings
  • Learn how to use modern technology to supplement Physical Surveillance
  • Learn tactics that you can also use in Uniform assignments

 

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