We understand how difficult it can be to compare countermeasures firms. For this reason we have developed this guide to assist you in determining what company is best equipped, trained, and experienced to perform a thorough electronic countermeasures inspection. By performing a small amount of research and asking the few questions you will have the information you need to select a countermeasures inspection team that will give you more than a false sense of security.
Top 5 Recommendations
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- Obtain the name of the person who will be performing the inspection. If the inspection will take place in Arizona or the company performing the inspection is from Arizona, Call DPS at 602-223-2361, and verify the person is a currently licensed Private Investigator and their company is also currently licensed and in good standing. Although being a private investigator does not qualify someone to perform tscm (eavesdropping Detection) work, having a PI license will verify the person does not have a criminal background. You can also ask DPS if there is a history of complaints against the person or company you are retaining to perform the inspection.
- Have the person who will be performing the inspection fax you their training certificates from classes they have completed. Make sure they have recent training from a TSCM specific school. We have a list of legitimate schools below.
- Beware of those that claim they are "certified". If they are using this language in their advertising, find out who they are certified by and have them provide you with the phone number and name of the organization that certified them. Call the organization and find out how one obtains the certification. There are no legitimate organizations the can certify you a person as a TSCM expert that we are currently aware of. There are however training organizations that will certify you on a certain piece of equipment or certify that you completed a training class or program.
- If their training was obtained in the military, police, FBI, etc, Make sure their training certificates or proof of their training specifically mentions tscm or countermeasures training. If the government training was not recent, make sure it was backed up by recent civilian tscm training.
- Lastly, make sure they have adequate equipment to perform their inspection. Please review our about us (equipment page) for an example of equipment used by professional tscm companies.