Students must understand when it is appropriate to use surveillance and which types are suitable during certain situations. As the field-operations team reviews the intelligence report, the team must decide what type of surveillance would be most useful. Depending on the complexity of the intelligence report, choosing surveillance can be challenging. In seeking out surveillance, budgets, manpower, and other resources available to the field-operations team must be considered. When selecting which surveillance actions to employ, the priority consideration is the safety of the team. Another question to ask is will the surveillance produce results or is there a high chance that it will? The team members need to spend their resources wisely and ensure they get the most bang for their buck.
Prompt: Research and explore the different types of surveillance and surveillance equipment that law-enforcement officers use. In two to three pages, describe the different types of surveillance and how a law-enforcement officer might employ them. What steps must be taken before employing surveillance? When is surveillance necessary? (For instance, if a suspect has been identified as going to his girlfriend’s house every day in order to use her telephone, it would justify putting a telephone tap on the girlfriend’s telephone and having agents watch the house.) Lastly, what is the difference between surveillance and reconnaissance?
Guidelines for Submission: Your submission should be 2–3 pages in length, 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and follow APA formatting. It must also contain at least three sources, cited in APA format. Your submission must identify at least three different types of surveillance.