GSSI's profile is based upon search. Search is defined as the application and management of systematic procedures and effective detection equipment to locate specified targets within appropriate contexts.
Search requires the application of mission focused systems combined with Subject Matter Expertise, an understanding of mission intelligence, and the scientific support of detection resources that may be deployed to locate. It is these processes and the skills of the searcher that enables its discovery.
The term search includes screening of persons and objects for concealed contraband.
Search may be completed by operational trained and proficient persons, scientific instruments, forensic analysis and by canine olfaction. Search policy and mission appropriate strategy may dictate the use of one or more systems to secure high levels of proficiency and mission impact.
Mission focused search systems prioritise the recovery of targets whilst also providing mission related intelligence. It is accepted that application of more than one system may be required to secure recovery.
A by-product of mission focused searching is the provision of a deterrent, either physically, visually, by reputation, or a combination of the three.
PRIOR TO THE DEPLOYMENT OF SEARCH RESOURCES, DUE DILIGENCE SHOULD BE APPLIED TO ESTABLISH PROFICIENCY, MISSION EFFECTIVENESS AND THE LIKELY MISSION IMPACT OF APPLIED SYSTEMS.