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Midwest Counterdrug Training Center

Video Surveillance for Drug and Border Investigations
Monday, November 30 - Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Course Start: 9:00 AM CST, Course End: 5:00 PM
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MCTC Distance Learning Requirements
 1. An internet enabled device with a webcam and microphone
 2. A valid physical (no P.O. boxes) mailing address to ship course materials
 3. Valid phone number incase of technical difficulties

Additional Notes about MCTC Distance Learning Courses
 1. All personal identifying information will be deleted after course completion
 2. Due to the sensitive information in the course, all registrations will be labeled "APPLY FOR TRAINING" until positive identification can be confirmed
 3. Please attach a copy of your department issued photo ID in the registration form
 4. Once identification is confirmed, a confirmation email will verify your placement in the course
 5. Physical course materials and Distance Learning information will be sent out prior to the start of the course



Registration
This course is restricted to US military and sworn law enforcement personnel. 

Tuition and Fees
There is no cost to attend this training.

Course Description
This 3-day course teaches the techniques and skills needed to shoot Surveillance Video with camcorders and other video equipment. Students will be exposed to state-of-the-art covert video surveillance systems and will be offered the opportunity to use them in realistic hands-on scenarios. The course will focus on both long-range camcorder surveillance and covert systems. It will include how to plan a successful video surveillance and the situational awareness necessary for safe operations. This class begins with camcorder basics and is appropriate for those with little or no experience as well as participants with years of video experience. This course combines classroom instruction with numerous hands-on practical, realistic exercises. The instructor reviews each participant’s video after each exercise.

A night session will teach participants how to use night scopes in conjunction with video cameras to observe drug dealing at night under low light and no light conditions.

Covert audio transmitters are an important part of drug work. Participants will learn how to link the audio from those transmitters to their camcorders. Participants will practice using professional microphones with camcorders in order to record confessions, eyewitness accounts, and victim statements.

Topics Included
  • The power of video as a source of evidence
  • Introduction to camcorders, tape/digital media
  • The elements of video continuity
  • How to document surveillance for domestic and foreign terrorism, narcotics trafficking, auto theft operations, murder-for-hire investigations, and monitoring registered sex offenders
  • Automatic and manual focus
  • Optical and digital zoom
  • Safely shooting surveillance video and other forms of uncontrolled action
  • Daylight exterior practical exercises
  • Low-light exterior practical exercises with night vision and IR illumination devices
  • Recording quality audio from covert body receivers and other audio sources
  • Using interchangeable (35mm format) video lenses with compatible video cameras
  • Safely using and recording with covert video systems
  • Using video evidence during pre-operational briefings 

Course Length
Video Surveillance for Narcotics Enforcement is a 3-day (24 hour) course.

Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

Required Equipment
A video camcorder, at least two camcorder batteries, two digital media or videotapes for camcorder, a tripod or monopod (fluid-head preferred, optional), a night scope (optional), covert video systems including cameras and recorders, covert audio transmitter and receiver (optional). 

Participants are encouraged to bring their agency's video equipment to class whether it is a simple camcorder or more sophisticated video systems. A limited number of loaner systems will be available for participants who do not have equipment.

STUDENT CONTACT INFORMATION
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ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
Are you currently a member of the US Armed Forces
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