The International Association of Undercover Officers


23rd Annual Covert Ops Training Conference

Flamingo Hotel     Las Vegas, NV     August 13 - 17, 2018

A new and advanced five day training program for law enforcement officers who supervise and participate in covert undercover investigations. The course is specifically designed to provide officers with a comprehensive knowledge of undercover techniques and methods they can employ to safely plan and manage covert investigations.  This program changes every year in our effort to bring you the latest information about covert operations. All of the presenters have been involved in covert operations for many years.

Who Should Attend This Course?

This advanced training is updated annually and designed for law enforcement officers who participate in undercover investigations. Managers who supervise such operations will find the course particularly focused on matters relating to their day to day activities.

Why Should I Attend This Course?

Officers who participate in covert operations are not born with the talents needed to perform effectively in undercover situations. These talents are developed from experience, hard work and training. You will learn the techniques and tactics necessary to compliment your present undercover experience. Many times this is what makes the difference between success or failure and safety or injury.

Program Overview

Covert Operations

Virtual Currency

Mexican Drug Cartels

Pharmaceutical Drugs

Emerging Drug Trends

Undercover Risk Analysis

Undercover Training Issues

Street Level Buys and Reverses

Undercover Psychological Case Study

Recruitment and Proper Handing of Informants

Human Trafficking - Prostitution - Internet Prostitution

Investigation & Identification of Pirated/Counterfeit Items and Their Links to Organized Crime and Terrorism

Other Topics to be Announced !
 This course is only open to law enforcement officials. Proper identification is required.


GAYLAND HAMMACK - Retired Sergeant with 27 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Gayland has worked 17 years in the field of Special Operations and has supervised Technical Surveillance units. He has been a certified P.O.S.T. instructor since 1987 and was the training coordinator for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He has been a Master-Core instructor for the State of Nevada since 1992. He has supervised Task Forces involving D.E.A., F.B.I., B.A.T.F., I.N.S., I.R.S. and U.S. Customs. He has conducted investigations in a number of States, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. He is considered an expert in the field of Covert Operations, Electronic Surveillance and Money Laundering. Gayland has provided training to Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the United States, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.

CHARLIE FULLER - Charlie is a retired Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF). He has 27 years of law enforcement experience with expertise in undercover, electronic surveillance, and training. He was a Program Manager at the ATF National Academy for six years where he was responsible for the undercover/field operations training. Charlie is the author of The Art of Undercover: Techniques and Survival, the complete "how to work undercover" book. He currently presents undercover, electronic surveillance and physical surveillance training programs nationwide.

KYLE RAU - Kyle Rau holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in Criminal Justice and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Kyle has almost 18 years of law enforcement experience, and is currently employed as a US Postal Inspector based in Chicago, IL. Prior to his current employment, he was a Detective with the City of Appleton Police Department in Wisconsin.  While at the Appleton Police Department, he specialized in crimes against children, cyber investigations, narcotics, and forensic analysis of computer and digital devices.  Kyle is a certified forensic examiner, and has been accepted as an expert witness in forensic computer analysis in both state and federal courts. Kyle has specialized in the area of Dark Web and Virtual Currency investigations since early 2014 and has become a subject matter expert in the area of analysis of Virtual Currencies.  Kyle has developed and has conducted training for local, state, and federal agencies in the area of Dark Web investigations and Virtual Currencies.

ROBERT ALMONTEDeputy Chief (Retired), El Paso Police Department and former U. S. Marshal.  Robert has 32 years of law enforcement experience with expertise in narcotics investigations and undercover work.  He served as the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas from 2010 to 2016.  He previously served 25 years with the El Paso, TX Police Department where he spent the majority of his career in narcotics investigations and retired as a Deputy Chief.  Robert has provided training to thousands of law enforcement officers throughout the US and abroad.  He has spent years conducting extensive research on the Mexican drug trade and how they pray for protection from law enforcement.

PETER BOYCE - Peter is a lawyer in private practice in the Atlanta, GA area.  For much of his career, Peter has counseled and defended police officers and departments when threatened with suit or sued for allegations of wrong doing.  As an internationally recognized speaker and instructor in many aspects of police civil liability and use of force, he has had the privilege and pleasure of making presentations to local, state, federal and foreign law enforcement officer throughout the world on various liability issues associated with law enforcement work.

JIM ORR - A retired law enforcement Sergeant with many years of investigative experience (Narcotics & Gangs).  Jim is a Retained Investigator and Anti-Piracy Trainer for the Recording Industry Association of America and many major brand owners of intellectual properties.  Jim has trained over 8,000 local, state and federal officers and has conducted and assisted with many piracy investigations.  He is a court recognized expert and has a 99.99% conviction rate.

Other Instructors to be Announced

Registration Information

Registration fee for the five day training program is $495.00 per person, if pre-paid or paid at registration.  If your department has to be invoiced after the start of the course, the tuition cost is $550.00.  We accept cash, check or Visa/MasterCard.  Group discounts are also available.  Tuition cost includes the cost of the instruction, handout materials and certificate of completion.  All checks or purchase orders must be made payable to The International Association of Undercover Officers (IAUO). For further information, call Gayland Hammack at 702-379-5769 or Charlie Fuller at 912-242-6000. 

Attendance is limited. Register early to insure your participation.

Training Site and Hotel Accommodations

The training program will be presented in the Conference Center, Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. Classroom hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM; and Friday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  For further information, call Charlie Fuller @ 912-242-6000 or Gayland Hammack @ 702-379-5769.  You can also e-mail questions to
The Flamingo Hotel, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 has arranged a special rate of $99 for this conference.   For reservations go online at Flamingo Room Reservations before July 12, 2018, and use Booking Code "SFITT7" to obtain this rate.  You can also book by telephone at 702-733-3111, however there is a $15 charge for booking via telephone.

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