Rural Surveillance: A Cop's Guide to Gathering Evidence in Remote Areas

Rural Surveillance: A Cop's Guide to Gathering Evidence in Remote Areas

by Van Ritch


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Developing a team of experts that can successfully gather intelligence in the backwoods for hours, days or weeks at a time requires officers who show real commitment and a leader with vision. Former Special Forces officer and counterintelligence agent Van Ritch recognized the dire need for local law enforcement agencies to be able to cover all the ground in their jurisdictions and wrote this book for any organization or individual who needs to conduct searches or surveillance in a rural environment. In it, you will learn how to plan a mission, assemble a team, handle the environment, move covertly, maintain constant security and more. Crime doesn't stop where the pavement ends. If you must have access to every corner of your territory, you need this guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581603804
Publisher: Paladin Press
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Van Ritch served 22 years in the U.S. Army, where he developed its SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) school. After his army career, he began training law enforcement officers at the North Carolina Justice Academy. While observing federal, state and local law enforcement agencies struggle with the hunt for Eric Rudolph, the prime suspect in the 1996 Olympics bombing in Atlanta, Ritch determined that successfully operating in rural areas needed to be a training priority.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Rural Surveillance
Rural Crime
The Hunt for Eric Rudolph
Mistrust of Government
Changes in Rural America
Today's Problems
Chapter 2: Mission Planning and Team Selection
What Do We Hope to Gain?
Selection of Personnel
Mission Planning
Chapter 3: Field First Aid
Sprains, Strains, and Broken Bones
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Sumac
Foot Care
Chapter 4: Basic Fieldcraft
Fire Building
Survival Planning
Weapons and Tools
Finding Game
Chapter 5: Land Navigation and Route Selection
Terrain Association
Chapter 6: Tactical Movement
Overland Movement
Route Selection
Types of Terrain
Communication and Control
Rally Points
Danger Areas
Base Camps
Tips for Tactical Movement
Chapter 7: Cover, Concealment, and Camouflage
Ghillie Suits
Mastering Camouflage
Chapter 8: Tracking and Countertracking
Tracking Skills
Chapter 9: Target Surveillance and Intelligence Collection
Night Surveillance
Observation Aids
Types of Searches
Recording Target Information
Chapter 10: Mission Completion
Getting Out
Debriefing the Team
Briefing Your Information
Maintaining Mission Information
Follow-Up Training

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