This course is designed for law enforcement personnel working undercover narcotics operations, conducting surveillance of drug activities, participating in raids or arrests, or managing any of the above tactical operations. This course will identify and reinforce the principles of safe undercover, arrest, and raid tactics. Students will learn how to assess risk, determine if the risk is of an acceptable level, and then how to manage that risk. They will also learn when and how to “shut down” an operation due to excessive risk.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Define the terms “undercover,” “search warrant execution,” “arrest,” and “risk.”
  • Discuss the factors that allow narcotics enforcement to be risk acceptable.
  • Discuss what is meant by the terms “managing the risk” and “reacting to risk.”
  • Identify the eight contemporary critical factors involved in undercover work.
  • Design and implement an operational plan.
  • Discuss what usually goes wrong within the confines of an operational plan.
  • Describe the associated problems inherent with the use of communication equipment during tactical operations.
  • Apply the terms “complacency,” “ego,” “stress,” and “common sense” as they apply to the undercover operative.
  • Recognize and correct inaccurate conclusions from accurate observations.
  • Describe and implement flashrolls.
  • Describe and discuss accessibility of the undercover weapon.
  • Determine the pros and cons of the undercover making the arrest based on each situation.
  • Recognize and take proper action when there is loss of control during an undercover operation.
  • Describe the concept of the risk triangle and be able to determine at what level of risk the operation is at.
  • State reasons for the importance of control.
  • Discuss the different roles of the undercover, the surveillance units, and the supervisor as they apply to the particular street operation.
  • Discuss and implement the final formula for proper risk management.

Prerequisites: Experience in undercover, surveillance, and arrest procedures.

Course Length: 2 days/15 hours.

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement.