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Technical Surveillance Operator Training Course
The Technical Surveillance Operator Training Course – Basic (TSOTC) provides students with an overall understanding of basic technical surveillance electronics and advanced concealment development; covert audio collection; comprehensive theory & knowledge of CCTV equipment, digital still cameras, terminology, power computations, lens selection computations, troubleshooting procedures, analog & digital video capture, concealable camera wiring construction, techniques for concealing cameras & technical force protection surveys. Additionally, the students learn how to manipulate collected images with software and marking techniques for incorporation into a mission package. Students receive instruction in the use of urban cover and the surveillance mission planning process, as well as construction and employment of different types of mobile observation posts, pros & cons of each type, concealment techniques, and TTPs for operational use. Students also learn basic electronic tracking principles for Hostile Force Tagging, Tracking, and Locating (HFTTL) & Friendly Force TTL operations, including TTPs for installation, operation, & use. Finally, the students learn covert entry techniques for defeating different types of locks, including vehicular locks, using commercial and improvised tools, and bypass methods to defeat locks. TSOTC – Basic is designed to take the student from the “crawl to walk” in urban covert surveillance and the use of surveillance equipment. Students leave the course with a very good overall knowledge of the equipment and the proper expertise needed to operate in the real world.