Crisis / Hostage Negotiation – Level 1

Crisis / Hostage Negotiation - Level 1

16novAll Day20Crisis / Hostage Negotiation - Level 1Training TypesAgency Sponsored


november 16 (Monday) - 20 (Friday)


Western Regional Conunterdrug Training Center

233 S Market Blvd, Chehalis, WA

Event Details

This course is restricted to US military, law enforcement or corrections, non-law enforcement members of crisis negotiation teams, or mental health professionals or clergy members supporting law enforcement activities. Requests for exceptions must be submitted and approved by the MCTC Director of Training.

Course Description
The Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Course (Level II/Intermediate) will further enhance the knowledge and skills acquired in Crisis Hostage Negotiation – Level I Basic Course, or its 40-hour equivalent.

The course begins with a contemporary look at subject precipitated homicide and suicide-by-cop as one of the most dangerous risks facing law enforcement. The presentation will focus on identifying pre-force indicators of some of these events, typologies of suicide-by-cop incidents, tactical and response considerations, as well as specific negotiation strategies. 

Providing students with a roadmap for an integrated intervention strategy, students will learn the elements of a deliberate crisis negotiation strategy based on an established structure placing emphasis on frequent risk assessments.

Situations that create unique challenges for law enforcement, such as jumpers from bridges, cell towers and overpasses, will be among the advanced concepts discussed.
Practical and risk-effective techniques will be presented along with several relevant examples.

Students will participate in discussion regarding the evaluation and use of third party intermediaries as well as the effective use of interpreters during crisis negotiation.

Students will learn effective questioning techniques and appropriate responses based on the “clusters of five.” Students will learn how to say “no,” how to show empathy and how to develop and apply a communication strategy during a negotiation. Students will learn how to interpret a crisis and recognize signs that may indicate the immediacy of suicidal intent

In a continued discussion of abnormal psychology, additional mental health disorders as they relate to crisis negotiation, including depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia will be discussed.

In regard to the hostages involved in a standoff, students will learn how to interpret the behavior of hostages while in captivity and techniques to use when dealing with them directly. Students will also learn how to conduct effective post release/escape debriefings.

The collaborative effort between the crisis negotiation team and the tactical team is essential to mission success. Safety and security issues, operating in a tactical environment and developing a unified strategy are among the topics discussed.

Challenging, team-oriented, scenario-driven practical exercises are an integral part of the course and will allow students the opportunity to practice and refine both individual and team-building skills.

Topics Included

  • Subject Precipitated Homicide (Suicide-by-cop)
  • Developing a Deliberate Strategy in Crisis Negotiation
  • Using Third-party Intermediaries/Interpreters
  • High Element Negotiation
  • Advanced Communication Techniques (Questions and Responses)
  • Abnormal Psychology and Substance Abuse
  • The Hostage Experience
  • Tactical Considerations in Crisis Negotiation

Course Length
Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Level 2 is a 5-day (40 hour) course.

Students must complete Crisis Hostage Negotiation – Level 1 (Basic) course, or its 40-hour equivalent, prior to attending this course. This class is not recommended for students with no previous negotiation training. Requests for exceptions must be submitted and approved by the MCTC Director of Training.

CEH: 16-hours Technical Skill; 10-hours Interpersonal Perspectives; & 14-hours Skill Development.


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