Washington State Emergency Management Division

***Postponed***AWR-219-1 Site Protection through Observational Techniques (SPOT) + Train-the-Trainer

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Class: 8:00-16:00

Train-the-Trainer: 16:00-17:00

The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

In this course, participants are provided an overview of threat and vulnerability analyses and how these can be used to establish effective defenses. Participants are also provided with an overview of security operations that can be applied for
prevention and detection of potential terrorist acts.


This course helps public safety personnel improve their observational techniques by using a four-step ongoing screening process: Assessing, Identifying, Evaluating, and Acting. Participants will examine each step of the process and apply the concepts to fictional scenarios, photographs, and videos. At the end of this course, participants will be able to better recognize, communicate, and act upon suspicious behaviors that could indicate a terrorist attack.


Participants can incorporate this course into planning for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) component and device interdiction, conducting behavioral assessments, implementing screening operations, conducting non-intrusive inspections, scene control, evacuation, and media relations.

Course Objectives
  • Explain the importance of identifying preoperational activities.
  • Use active observation skills to enhance situational awareness.
  • Identify behaviors and activities that may be associated with a violent attack.
  • Choose an appropriate course of action based on their evaluation of an individual's behaviors.
  • Apply concepts learned in this course to real-world scenarios.


To enroll in this course, participants must be U.S. citizens/ Green Card Holder in the field of public safety.

Target Audience


Government officials, facility managers, and any others who support security operations for sites or events.


The target audience for the Train-the-Trainer version of this course is established trainers/instructors in academies, agencies or departments who are seeking to train participants by teaching the Indirect version of this course using materials provided by NCBRT.

Continuing Education
Contact: Hours - 8


University Place Police Headquarters

3612 Drexler Dr W
University Place, WA 98466

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Course Manager

Course host


Christine Badger


Emergency Management Coordinator


West Pierce fire & rescue


Station #20 - 10928 Pacific Hwy SW


Lakewood, WA 98499


253-983-4586 O | 253-306-0457 C I



Course manager


Damaris Li


WA State Training Program Coordinator






This class is postponed!