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***CANCELLED*** - Video Camcorder Surveillance Techniques for Narcotics Investigations and Law Enforcement

  • City of Meridian Public Safety Training Center 1223 East Watertower Street Meridian, ID, 83642 United States (map)


The Western Regional Counterdrug Training Center will present this 3 day course that teaches the techniques and skills needed to shoot surveillance video with camcorders and other video equipment.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Use video to document surveillance for narcotics trafficking, domestic and foreign terrorism, auto theft operations, and monitoring registered sex offenders.

  • Shoot surveillance video and other forms of uncontrolled action.

  • Safely shoot moving surveillance video.

  • Use video for pre-operational briefings.

  • Link “body wire” receivers to camcorders.

  • Use night vision equipment & IR illuminators with video cameras.

  • Use 35mm format lenses with compatible video camcorders.

  • Record other surveillance video using analog input on a digital camcorder.

  • Use basic covert video systems for close-in surveillance.



Wadi Sawabini has taught thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement professionals how to shoot evidence grade video that documents criminal activity. A native of Burlington, Vermont, Sawabini has taught across North America and around the world. Virtually every U.S. federal law enforcement agency sends their members to Sawabini’s classes. That list includes the ATF, Border Patrol, DEA, EPA, FBI, HSI, Marshal’s Service, NOA Fisheries Law Enforcement, Postal Inspectors and more than a dozen Office of Inspector Generals. Sawabini has taught for four of the National Guard Counterdrug Schoolhouses in Iowa, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Washington State.

Outside of the United States, Sawabini teaches for the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario, the Ontario Police College, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the South Korean National Police and the Bermuda Police Service. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Sawabini has a BA in Mass Communications. He is a former Reserve Deputy with the Erie County (NY) Sheriff’s Office. Wadi and his wife Mary reside in Shelburne, Vermont. They have three children and two grandchildren.


This class is open to all law enforcement investigators, supervisors and managers. There is no cost to register. Students will be responsible for associated travel, lodging, and meal expenses. The course is limited to 30 students.

To register, complete and submit a HIDTA Training Request Form.