Foot Surveillance Training – 3 Day Course


In Person in Hong Kong over 3 days (9am-5pm)


Available dates in September and November 2022


Physically fit and a basic understanding of the requirements of surveillance personnel. Role specific for security personnel, investigators or Intel professionals




What is Surveillance and the Course

Surveillance is the covert art of following someone or something. Futurum Asia teaches a foundation foot surveillance course in Hong Kong where trainee operatives will understand the principles of surveillance and how to conduct surveillance covertly (without being seen). Scenarios and training are on foot (walking) in residential, rural, commercial and urban environments along with on buses, trains, on the MTR and trams.

By the end of the course you will have a solid understanding of:

  1. How to operate safely whilst performing surveillance
  2. Work as an operative as part of a surveillance team
  3. Surveillance tradecraft principles
  4. Surveillance glossary and language
  5. Close control of subject to gather evidence and intelligence


Who is the Course Designed for?

Surveillance training can be extremely useful for a variety of professionals in the private and public sector including law enforcement services, private investigators, journalists, insurance claim investigators, behavioural detection officers, internal security operations, and much more.

Our training courses are designed to help you learn the necessary skills, methods and techniques of undertaking an surveillance as part of small team. You will be competent in gathering intelligence and evidence along with taking covert videos and photographs at the conclusion of the course.


Course History, Delivery and Instructors

Our Surveillance courses have been designed over the last 16 years. We have delivered training in over 50 countries to government agencies, multi-national organisations and individuals in intelligence gathering tactics.

To undertake the course you will need to be physically fit, pass a short pre-selection and have learnt the pre-read prior to commencement of the course. We teach from the very basics upwards, so you don’t require any experience however a working knowledge and understanding is advantageous.

Our trainers are all practitioners, that means we are conducting live intelligence gathering operations and complex investigations on a daily basis. We use experienced surveillance operatives to deliver the training. Our lead trainer James Ellender was a detective sergeant on a dedicated surveillance team in the UK for over 7 years as part of 12 years of service, since then he has been training internationally. All trainers have a vast amount of expertise in these roles.

We use case studies of historic cases to help you understand the actual application in real life scenarios. Of course we don’t disclose any of clients or subjects names when we explain some of our examples.


Future Work Opportunity

We don’t provide a guarantee of work or becoming part of our permanent surveillance contingent however at times we can offer assignments, full-time positions and also recommendations for other roles depending upon your ability and expertise.

Course Content

Topic Detail
Course introduction Opening welcome and address, objectives, equipment issue, learning styles and adult learning.
Pre read and theory Students should pre-read Surveillance Glossary and Language prior to course commencement.
Course Aims and objectives Students will be taught through a blend of classroom theory and practical exercises how to plan, brief, and perform covert foot surveillance on singular and multiple subjects in various environments which include rural and urban locations, obtaining evidence or intelligence in close control scenarios and recording the surveillance activity.
Surveillance Aims and objectives Classroom input and discussion on types of surveillance to achieve specific objectives for criminal & intelligence operations. Operatives will understand the differing tactics to be deployed on surveillance subjects based upon the those aims and objectives. The tactics can be deployed locally or nationally supported by the command and control structure.
Dress and mannerisms Understanding the types of dress and equipment surveillance operatives need to wear and carry to remain covert in urban, rural and residential environments i.e. teaching the students how to dress in different areas but also how to act and how to use cover. Utilizing dress and props to remain covert in positions of limited cover.
Requirements of a surveillance operative Appreciate the role and requirements of a surveillance operative as part of a larger criminal or intelligence operation.
Glossary of terms/language Review and learn the surveillance glossary terms and language. Each operative must use correct language when communicating on the radio.
Observation points Students will be given an understanding on identifying and resourcing static observation points in urban, rural and residential locations along with the use of technical equipment (Audio, Visual and other measures)
Foot Principles Surveillance foot principles and the ABC methodology.
Trigger or short term observation points Students will understand the term ‘Trigger’ or ‘Short Term’ observation point. When to identify these and how to use these as part of foot surveillance.
Reconnaissance of plot Understand how to carry our reconnaissance of the plot, create a risk assessment and plan for the lift or technical concealment or covert property entry.
Cover Students will understand positions of cover and how to identify these in urban, rural and residential locations.
Compromise drills Understand when a compromise occurs and what to do in that event.
Public transport Students will be taught the ‘special’ procedures that are deployed on public transport (Buses, Ferries, Trains, Metros, Trams and Underground Railway Systems (MTR))
Photography / video recording tactics/ Technical Equipment How to obtain high quality photographic or video recording whilst remaining covert. Additional deploy other technical surveillance measures to support the operation.
Evidence recovery Students will understand how to carry out a covert forensic recovery from vehicles, premises or public spaces/locations.
Log keeping Log Keeping techniques to obtain a clear and concise record of evidence/intelligence without disclosing covert tactics.

Summary Of Practical Exercises

The course is predominantly practical based (85%) and the exercises will test the students skills in the following environments on multiple occasions:

Foot Surveillance Exercises:

·       Urban (Busy Street Environment)

·       Close Control

·       Relay and Support Vehicle

·       Public Transport

·       Residential

·       Public attractions





Futurum Asia

+852 7073 1512

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