Is there one thing that you could teach a civilian going overseas to do that would help them before they get into trouble?
What is the most common indication that someone is up to no good? Looking for something practical we can all use in our day to day lives. Thanks in advance!
Hi Mr. Badou. Tracking is a large part of anti-poaching operations throughout southern Africa. Usually tracking operations are a result of a failure to deter poachers from targeting and entering a property or park, resulting in scrambling tracking teams and stop-groups who attempt to interdict fleeing suspects. Having talked with trackers of various nationalities and disciplines, it's always interesting to hear about their own training and how they've utilized their tracking skills in the field.
Did you have any interesting experiences while going through your tracking/trailing courses? What has been the longest spoor/track that you and/or your team has followed and what kind of support did you have?
Hi Yousef! Would you recommend "Left of Bang" for civilians as a form of continuing education on the subject of awareness and profiling? Additionally, are there any other books other than your awesome courses that would help us stay sharp?
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How can you maintain good situational awareness without giving off the telltale signs that you are?
Can you target human predators in the more urban social setting? The opportunistic ones that have spent a life-time blending in?
Do you look for things like behavioral signals that show they are intending to do something, and look for normal things that are out of place?
What are the most interesting examples of false positives or false negatives you've encountered?
I'm going to shove off for about an hour but I'll be back. Great questions so far, keep em coming!
Hello, are some people sharper in general and able to pick up on behavior and body language better than others? Can you straight up teach someone these skills or is there the need for a seed of perception in the student?
Do you have any books to recommend?
Thanks for doing the AMA!
As a new police officer I was trained to "always watch the hands, these are what will kill you" but I've always been under the assumption to watch the person I'm in contact with's face cause that will give the tells I need to know if they're a threat or not. In your opinion do you believe the tells from the face or the tells from the hands are more important or is it a combination of both?
As someone who is insanely curious about people watching and noting peoples behavior, I'm surprised to see that this is something that one can actually study. I'm currently an undergrad in college studying criminal justice, and have a vested interest in national security. How can I further my study (maybe in grad school) and focus on this field in particular?