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Video Techniques for Narcotics Investigations and Law Enforcement

  • Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Training Facility 2955 Northeast 172nd Place Portland, OR, 97230 United States (map)


This 3 day course teaches the techniques and skills needed to shoot surveillance video with camcorders and other video equipment. Students will be exposed to state of the art video surveillance systems and will be offered the opportunity to use them in realistic hands on scenarios.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Use video to document surveillance for narcotics trafficking, domestic and foreign terrorism, auto theft operations and monitoring 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 video evidence grade video that documents criminal activity. A native of Burlington, Vermont, Sawabini has taught across North America and around the world.


The link to register is included on the course flyer. This class is free and open to all investigators, supervisors and managers. The course is limited to about 30 students.

Earlier Event: April 29
Managing Narcotics Informants
Later Event: June 11
Law Enforcement on the Stand