Washington State Emergency Management Division


AWR-219: Site Protection through Observational Techniques (SPOT)

Monday, October 23, 2023 (In-Person)

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

Primary Core Capability: Screening, Search, and Detection

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.

For additional course information, including contact hours, please see the National Preparedness Catalog.

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.


Important Notice:

  • Please note that all Non-U.S. Citizens must be approved by DHS to participate in the training. This process takes several weeks. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my cell at 225-303-2780.
  • All certification, continuing education, and/or accreditation questions can be directed to Latasha Smith at
  • All participants must have a FEMA SID before enrolling in this training. Please visit for more information.

Target Audience

Target Audience:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Safety
  • Transportation Security
  • Private Sector/Corporate
  • Security and Safety Professionals
  • Fire Service
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Governmental Administrative

Continuing Education

Contact: Hours - 7


Renton, WA

Course Manager

Course Managers:

Brad Parker

Regional Training Manager


Louisiana State University

Direct: 225-578-7550

Eric O'Brien
Training and Exercise Program Manager
King County Emergency Management
Desk: 206-205-4072

Please let us know if reasonable accommodation is required for this course. We invite any person with a disability, access or functional need, as well as those who need to obtain course materials in an alternative format, to please indicate your need in the registration/RSVP process.
If you have any further concerns or questions, please contact the course manager listed on this page or reach out to our State Training Staff at and we will be happy to assist you.


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