Site Protection through Observational Techniques (AWR-219)


Emergency responders, security professionals, security support staff, and the public must work together to identify suspicious objects, substances, and people. This course trains public safety personnel to improve their observational techniques by using a four-step ongoing screening process that includes increasing protective awareness, identifying preoperational behaviors, evaluating, and taking action. Participants will use fictional scenarios to examine each step of the process.


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.

Min/Max Enrollment: Min 20; Max 100

Hours: 7 (Direct Delivery; Indirect Delivery); 8 (Train-the-Trainer)

Format: Instructor-Led Training (Direct Delivery; Train-the-Trainer; Indirect Delivery)

DHS Course #: AWR-219, AWR-219-1, AWR-219-2

Facility Requirements: Please view this document for facility requirements.

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Professional Disciplines

Law Enforcement, Public Safety Communications, Transporation Security, Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety Professionals

The target audience for the Direct Delivery version of this course is public safety personnel or other personnel who have extensive contact with the public.

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 course materials provided by LSU-NCBRT/ACE.

The Indirect version of this course is commonly delivered as part of in-service or academy training to support continuing education.


To schedule this course, contact your NCBRT Regional Training Manager or request a course now using our online request form.

Louisiana State University

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803

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