Surveillance

RSS guarantee you experienced military trained Private Investigation & Commercial Surveillance operators for legal, commercial and private clients in both the UK and internationally; delivering pragmatic and diligent solutions suited to the clients needs. RSS Surveillance offer a wide range of Private Investigation services to complement this specialist service, obtaining covert video footage and documented evidence.

Our highly trained LEVEL 4 operators specialise in London and the surrounding areas with the highest level of expertise and regional knowledge, but are equally at home in a rural environment where they’re years of military surveillance skills come into play. Our experienced team operates anywhere that they are required and in any conditions.

CAPABILITY STATEMENT & OPERATIONS OVERVIEW

General

All Operators have attended and completed a series of intensive training courses of which are not available commercially and are principally designed to build up individual and Team skills sets. These courses originate from government sources and are benchmarked against the tradecraft and intelligence gathering methods of the UK Security Services. This has developed a cohesive operational team and ensures quality assurance to clients. Individuals within the team have previous Commercial and Corporate exposure interacting as large or small teams, conducting sophisticated covert surveillance operations for corporate clients in the UK and worldwide. The majority of the Team originate from military backgrounds, however operationally it is important to bring balance, and civilian operators with exceptional skill sets enhance the team and bring an operationally diverse capability.

The Team’s ethos during operations is to gather detailed sophisticated intelligence on the subject of surveillance. This comprises of keeping a detailed record of the subject’s movements and activities by utilising still photography, digital video and uniquely gaining detailed human intelligence by interfacing in a close proximity to the subject whilst still maintaining a covert stance.

The Team composition consists of diverse age groups; including high quality Operators in their early twenties who are able to operate in environments which other Operators could not achieve without arousing suspicion. This unique skill-set and Tradecraft enables the Team to operate covertly in a fast changing and complex environment. The Team has a balanced dynamic of male and female Operators which allows a flexible and proactive deployment capability against sophisticated subjects.

Team Skill Set

Team Operations with multiple targets and multiple modes of transport require specialised tradecraft training and tactics. The Team skill sets are benchmarked against Tradecraft and Intelligence gathering methods employed by the Intelligence Services of the United Kingdom. Eighty percent (80%) of The Team are qualified Close Protection Officers and have SIA CP licenses. Operators have been trained in, and have extensive experience in the following:

• Covert Surveillance
• Counter-Surveillance
• Protective Surveillance
• Protective Counter-Surveillance
• Anti-Surveillance
• Close Protection
• Infiltration/Undercover Operations
• Penetration Testing
• Risk Management/Asset Protection
• Insurance Mitigation

Personal Skills

The various personal skills of members of The Team are too wide and far ranging to list because of their backgrounds, some of these include:

• Foreign languages
• Covert and overt search advisors
• Undercover infiltration and intelligence gathering
• Security management
• National teaching and training qualifications
• Maritime security
• Maritime counter terrorism
• IT, Cyber security and Social Media Engineering
• Diving qualifications
• Asset tracking

Industry Standards

Although the Surveillance Industry is yet to be formally regulated, Operators meet the following standard requirements:
All operators have completed training which provides a working knowledge and understanding of Regulatory Investigator Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), the Human Rights Act 1998, and Impact Assessment.
Operators hold relevant Criminal Records Bureau (C.R.B) checks. Team Leaders are registered with Data Protection. All motor vehicles have relevant business insurance cover.
All operators are trained to military first aid standards as a minimum. A number of operators are trained to NHS standard and all Close Protection Personnel hold a valid First Aid at Work certification.

Operations undertaken adhere to a code of practice in line with RIPA 2000 and HRA.

Equipment

Communications:
Operations are conducted using foot and vehicle mounted, licensed, covert radio systems. A unique sophisticated coded voice procedure is employed by all operators’ in order to reduce the risk of compromise and misinterpretation by either sophisticated or commercial target sets.

Imagery:
All operators have video and still photography capability. The Team deploy high definition covert video and sound capabilities as standard.

Vehicles:
Varied types of vehicles can be deployed during multi modal operations in order to blend in with diverse environments. These include cars, vans and motorcycles.

• Cars: various makes and models of diverse ages and appearance.
• Motorcycles: fitted with covert communications and trained surveillance riders/operators.
• Taxis: Licensed black cab with trained operator/driver.
• Covert Technical Vans: incorporating 360 degrees day and night covert imagery and extended sustainability between re-charge.

Technical:
Trackers, remote cameras and listening devices can be deployed if required.

Miscellaneous
The Team is also equipped to conduct rural operations with full rural OP kits.

A SELECTION OF OPERATION OVERVIEWS

Covert/Overt Combined

The client requested a car team in London to get in a position to watch over a series of assets linked to a multi million pound illegal operation. This was achieved and all entrances to the target were covered. The next day the RSS team triggered law enforcement plus bailiffs onto the property leading to the recovery of £6 million worth of assets.
From this RSS were tasked to cover two more sites but to prevent the removal of any assets from these locations. Again this we achieved for three weeks whilst the client went through the court system, by becoming a more overt presence and letting the subjects know we was there, though facing daily intimidation from these people the mission was achieved and all assets were recovered accordingly with a total of £13 million.

Covert Protective Operation
The client required protective coverage of a foreign high net worth individual and his family due to a previous kidnap threat. Although the head of the family was aware of the protection, it was task critical that the remainder of the family remained unaware of our presence to minimise any impact on their normal daily lives. The family were to be protected on a 24hr basis.
A covert protective team was deployed for 18 months without detection by the family. The team provided protection on all properties and daily movements of the family. The team also liaised with local law enforcement agencies to facilitate a quick response in the event of any incidents.

Protective Operation
A prominent member of Jewish community requested a team from RSS to protect his family and guests at a religious ceremony in London. This was achieved by forming a protective surveillance ring around the event. Covert profiling was achieved on every individual entering the area of the event with a close protection operator shadowing the main entrance.
Due to the presence of the local security team at these premises it was assessed by the highrachy that their in house security would be sufficient. This led the client to request that the team conduct their mission whilst remaining totaly covert at all times. This was achieved throughout the ceremony with the local security team unaware of the RSS presence.
The second part of the event was held at a well known location in the city where RSS formed a more overt protective presence in liaison with the in house security. The whole event was judged as being such a success, we have conducted it twice since.

Summary
The Team consists of a number of Operators, trained and experienced, in a standard method of operating procedures for all manner of sophisticated surveillance operations. During operations the Team uses a sophisticated code in our voice procedure that reduces the risk of compromise and misinterpretation.
Our operator’s work and train together on a regular basis, thus reducing skill fade.
Swift deployments can be achieved of either large or small teams due to individual Operators being equipment self-sufficient. During longer operations, the size of the Team and its generic training, allows an operator rotation to be implemented at short notice to reduce exposure levels of vehicles and operators to subjects. It would also standard procedure to implement this during short-term operations if it were deemed that an operator has been overly exposed to the subject. This allows the operation to continue, where it may normally have to be terminated.
Operational reports and logs are produced to a standard legal template and serves as the layout for the majority of legally binding operations undertaken.