The development of behavioural detection, especially during sensitive events, directly relates to the continued threat of a terror attack in our society.

A service that was primarily provided by trained police officers, there is nowadays acceptance that also private security providers may play a role in this unique field.

A Counter Terrorism Behavioural Detection Officer (BDO) or Practitioner looks for the subtle signs that may indicate that a person does not fit in with those around them, being able to anticipate moves, discover deception and hostile surveillance.

This course is developed discussing three principal areas:

  • Terrorism, terrorist and extremist ideologies, terrorist targets, and tactics;
  • Criminal behaviours, and human behaviours within a criminal and terrorist context;
  • Surveillance, Counter Surveillance and applied technologies.

In practice, the CT BDO course in Singapore will provide the basis for:

  • an understanding of terrorism and political violence;
  • the application of protective human behavioural scanning and screening, especially in a counter terrorism context;
  • the understanding of surveillance techniques, and the detection of hostile surveillance actors;
  • identification of deceptive verbal indicators and body languages patterns;
  • the application of different security technologies in the frame of surveillance.
Counter Terrorism Behavioural Detection Practitioner

How the Course will develop...

After a presentation on the different terrorist ideologies, what is considered a related preferred target, and the most common terrorist tactics applied, the course will follow offering a sound understanding of the different connotations in human behaviours within a criminal and terrorist context.

The aim is to offer a learning experience that will permit the trainee to define, classify and recognize different human behavioural patterns, criminal behaviours, psychological aspects, deceptive verbal indicators and body language outcomes.the end of the course.

Counter Terrorism Behavioural Detection Practitioner

The course will introduce the trainee to a realistic outdoor surveillance operation simulation.

Synopsis of the major TTX

Helen is a Person of Interest (POI) in an active investigation. She is known as an intermediary linked to an Asian organised crime ring that provide weapons and new identities to criminals and terrorists. Wiretapped by security services in another country, trainees are roughly aware of the possible location of a meeting between her and a member of a terrorist organization. During the meeting she will set up the basis for the delivery of several stolen passports and weapons and she will receive in exchange an initial sum of money.

Controlled Simulation:

Trainees will work in order to identify the meeting place, aware of possible hostile surveillance in place, they will put in operation surveillance activities in order to detect souspicious behaviour, and collect any useful information about the meeting, the person met by the POI and the eventual exchange of money, stolen documents, or weapons.

An Operation de-briefing will follow the exercise.


Frequently Asked Questions

A Behavioral Detection Officer (BDO) is a trained professional who uses observational skills and behavioral analysis techniques to identify and assess potential threats or suspicious behavior in various environments, such as airports, transportation hubs, or public spaces.

BDO training is important because it equips security personnel with the skills and knowledge to detect and respond to potential threats proactively. By understanding behavioral indicators and patterns, BDOs can identify individuals who may pose a risk and take appropriate action to maintain safety and security.

BDO training covers a range of topics, including human behavior analysis, threat assessment techniques, non-verbal communication analysis, suspicious behavior recognition, situational awareness, conflict resolution, and legal considerations in security operations.

BDO training is beneficial for security professionals, law enforcement personnel, transportation security officers, private security teams, and individuals responsible for maintaining security in public or high-risk environments.

No, BDO training is not limited to airport security. While BDOs are commonly associated with airport security, the skills and techniques taught in BDO training are applicable to various settings, including transportation hubs, government facilities, stadiums, large events, and other public spaces.

BDO training plays a crucial role in preventing terrorism by enhancing security measures and identifying potential threats in advance. BDOs are trained to identify suspicious behaviors associated with terrorism and can take appropriate action to mitigate risks and protect public safety.

The duration of BDO training can vary depending on the training program and its depth. Typically, BDO training programs can range from a few days to several weeks, depending on the level of expertise and desired outcomes.

Yes, BDO training programs can be customized to meet the specific needs of organizations or security teams. Protective Intelligence Network can tailor our training programs to address the unique requirements of different industries or operational environments.

Yes, BDO training is available in various formats, including online training. Protective Intelligence Network offers flexible training options, including e-learning modules, to ensure accessibility and convenience for learners.


We will provide you with details on registration, course dates, venue, fees and any prerequisites for participation.

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