Tracking has been used by man throughout history to find food and other humans.
No one walks on this planet without leaving evidence such as footprints, tracks,
or, as trackers call it, sign. Almost anyone can learn to track or see “sign”.
It is only a matter of letting your brain interpret what it is that your eyes
are already seeing.
Tracking has significantly changed the way we do business in Search and Rescue,
Law Enforcement, Military, and Security. It has been shown how tracking not only
minimizes the area to be searched for missing persons, but it is the most
successful method. Law Enforcement has found that by getting back to very basic
investigation methodology, looking at the ground, that many cases are solved
much more quickly. The military is saving lives by being able to determine enemy
movement and minimize evidence of their own presence. And security agencies are
better equipped to determine breaches of their systems.
Universal Tracking Services (UTS) Inc. was established in 1991. The purpose of
this endeavor was to formally establish a tracking training program, one that
would be certified for purposes of validating a resource that can be used by
various disciplines to find where people have been by using footprint evidence
or sign. Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Military, and Security personnel
all find benefit from the use of tracking to better know where someone has been
or is going. UTS has incorporated the experience and expertise of professionals
in the tracking community to formulate the program presented in this manual.
UTS has developed this program to enable persons to become skilled in tracking
at various levels of expertise depending on one’s commitment. UTS provides this
training to allow individuals and groups to become successful in locating
person(s) of interest.
UTS is committed to providing the best training possible that will give everyone
involved the positive use of tracking the tools, knowledge and skills needed for