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The Art of Surveillance


The art of surveillance refers to the practice of monitoring people, places, or activities covertly or overtly to gather information or intelligence. Surveillance can be conducted for various reasons, such as to prevent crime, gather evidence, protect national security, or monitor compliance with regulations.

Effective surveillance requires a combination of skills and techniques, including:

1. Attention to detail: Surveillance operatives must pay close attention to their surroundings and be able to identify subtle changes or behaviors that may indicate suspicious activity.

2. Patience: Surveillance often involves long periods of waiting and observation, so operatives must be patient and able to maintain their focus over extended periods.

3. Discretion: Surveillance must be conducted without drawing attention to oneself, so operatives must be able to blend in with their surroundings and avoid attracting attention.

4. Technology: Surveillance technology such as cameras, GPS tracking devices, and drones can provide valuable intelligence and enhance surveillance capabilities.

5. Communication: Effective surveillance requires clear and timely communication between operatives and their team, often using coded language or other techniques to ensure confidentiality.

6. Adaptability: Surveillance operatives must be able to adapt to changing circumstances and unexpected developments, such as changes in the target's routine or unexpected weather conditions.

Overall, the art of surveillance requires a combination of skills, techniques, and technology, as well as careful planning and coordination, to gather accurate and reliable intelligence while minimizing the risk of detection.

Is the Private Security Industry Growing?


Yes, the private security industry is a growing industry. According to a report by Allied Market Research, the global private security services market size was valued at $136.91 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $191.61 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 4.0% from 2020 to 2027.

There are several reasons why the private security industry is growing. One is the increasing concern for safety and security in both public and private spaces, which has led to a greater demand for security services. Additionally, the rising crime rates, terrorist threats, and political instability in many parts of the world have also contributed to the growth of the private security industry.

Another factor driving the growth of the industry is the increasing adoption of advanced technologies, such as video surveillance, access control systems, and biometric systems, which have enhanced the capabilities of private security companies to detect and prevent security threats.

Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has further increased the demand for private security services, with many businesses and organizations seeking to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols and mitigate the risks of virus transmission.

Overall, the private security industry is expected to continue growing in the coming years, driven by increasing concerns for safety and security, technological advancements, and the need to address new and emerging security threats.

The Effect of COVID-19 on Private Security


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the role of security officers. Some of the ways in which security officers have been affected since COVID-19 include:

1. Increased workload: Many security officers have had to take on additional responsibilities to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols, such as checking for masks and social distancing compliance, sanitizing high-touch surfaces, and monitoring occupancy limits.

2. Heightened risk: Security officers, like other essential workers, have been at increased risk of contracting the virus due to their job duties that require them to interact with the public regularly. This has led to an increased need for personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gloves, and face shields.

3. Reduced staffing: Some security companies have reduced staffing levels due to financial constraints resulting from the pandemic. This has led to increased workload for the remaining officers, making their jobs more stressful and challenging.

4. Increased demand for security services: As the pandemic has led to a rise in crime and civil unrest, security officers have been in higher demand to provide protection for businesses, healthcare facilities, and other public spaces.

5. New training requirements: Security officers have had to undergo additional training to learn how to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols, as well as new techniques for screening individuals for symptoms of the virus.

Overall, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the role of security officers, and many have had to adapt to new challenges and responsibilities to ensure the safety and security of the public.

COVID-19 Schedule Changes


CCJA will remain open until Governor Northam Requires us to shut down.

All classes have been adjusted to hold no more than 9 students.

Both of our outdoor ranges remain open for Firearms Training and Re-Qualifications.

If you are interested in taking 30E, 35E or 39E, please contact A Class Academy at 703-754-0119 or their website for more information.

A Class Academy

We have been approved by DCJS temporarily to do web-based training for certain entry level courses to include (01E) and (05E). You can log in to our portal to sign up.

CCJA Portal

Should you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 540-322-3000.

Accelerated EMT Course (17 Days)

At the completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the role of the Emergency Medical Technician in emergency medical services (EMS) system.
  • Perform Assessments on patients with traumatic injuries, and medical emergencies.
  • Triage and manage multi-casualty incidents
  • Lifting, moving, light extraction techniques
  • EMS laws.

Tactics and Preparedness


Here at CCJA we reached out to our good friends over at Tactics and Preparedness magazine and invited them to come out and attend our first DC CCW course at our Fredericksburg, VA location.

To our surprise they sent out Chris Graham, who completed the course having learned all of the most important rules and regulations of DC CCW. Read his article on the class and find out for yourself how valuable this training can be.

Read the Full Article Here!

DC CCW Course


The course consists of 16 hours of classroom and 2 hours of range training. The two hours of range training must include a 50-round qualification course from a maximum distance of 25 yards with a minimum score of 70 percent. CCJA will change $300.00 for the 16 hours of classroom training and the range portion. In addition, students will recieve all necessary forms required by the MPD.



Since the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries began the K9 program in 2011- the K9s have played a huge role in search and rescue operations, as well as investigating hunting incidents and solving wildlife crime. Here at CCJA we wanted to express our support for Virginia’s Conservation Police Officers. That’s why we have wanted to donate a K9 to the DGIF, CPO Cramer. CPO Cramer will be Waylon’s handler and will be with Waylon at K9 training school in Indiana.

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