Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NYPD Police talk down suicidal man from bridge

Lt. Jack Cambria of the NYPD’s Hostage Negotiation Team made a personal connection to the distraught man and convinced him to commit to 24 more hours. Todd Maisel/NY Daily News.

International Negotiators Working Group 2013 Conference

About this event

It is a great honour for the Australian Federal Police's Specialist Response Group to be hosting the International Negotiators' Working Group (INWG) 2013 conference.
The 2013 conference theme focuses on the complexities faced by government negotiators dealing with listed terrorist organisations. Presentations will be tailored to meet the needs of police negotiators and will provide you with the opportunity to hear from and connect with your police negotiator partners from around the world. The conference will be hosted in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is known to be one of the busiest commercial hubs in the Asia-Pacific. The city boasts a number of iconic attractions, some of the best-known being the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Negotiations Reveal Valuable Intelligence

Negotiations Reveal Valuable Intelligence

The question of ransom payments is inevitably vexatious, involving both anguish for the families of captives and a whole host of complex issues for governments and companies.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Death toll rises as Kenya mall siege continues.

Photo: Kabir Dhanji, AP

( Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted Sunday morning from the upscale Kenyan mall where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and assault rifles.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Top Tips From FBI Hostage Negotiator On Crime & Business

Josh Wolfe (via We sit down with Gary Noesner, the former Chief Negotiator for the FBI, and the first person to ever hold that position. Mr. Noesner regales us with stories of the toughest people and situations he’s ever encountered, life as a hostage negotiator, and how these skills can translate to business.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Crisis Negotiations, Fifth Edition: Managing Critical Incidents and Hostage Situations in Law Enforcement and Corrections [Paperback]

The fifth edition of this seminal book is available for pre-order at and comes out October 15.

The 5th Edition of this classic text presents a user-friendly resource for practicing negotiators and a ready reference for courses in crisis management in criminal justice, psychology, and criminology programs. The new edition has added summary bullet points for easy reference when negotiators are in the field, a review of the literature since the last edition appeared, a discussion of the strategic planning process involved in high-risk negotiation incidents focused clearly on the critical questions negotiators need to ask themselves about a high-risk incident, and a practical applied-psychology approach to personalities that engage in high-risk incidents.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Algeria siege: 'I wore a necklace bomb'

In Amenas gas plant in Algeria

The survivors of January's siege of an Algerian gas plant still cannot believe they are alive. Forty of their colleagues died when Islamic militants took them hostage. The Algerian army opened fire on the convoy of hostages and terrorists as they broke out of the plant. It is only now that some have felt able to tell their stories.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Every call is different, and delicate, for Lynchburg police crisis negotiators

Trent explained negotiators’ first and most important duty is to keep everyone calm. To that end, it’s important for the lead negotiator to build rapport with the subject. The lead negotiator usually is the only person to speak with the subject.

Monday, September 2, 2013

National police officers gathering in Saskatoon to focus on mental health

Police officers facing a potentially dangerous citizen in the midst of a 

mental health crisis need to know they can use alternatives to lethal 

force, says a filmmaker who will address police boards from across 

the country this week in Saskatoon. Photo: The StarPhoenix

Police officers facing a potentially dangerous citizen in the midst of a mental health crisis need to know they can use alternatives to lethal force, says a filmmaker who will address police boards from across the country this week in Saskatoon.
Leaders must encourage a police culture that supports officers in taking the time to prevent deadly outcomes, said Laura Sky, whose documentaries have included an examination of police use of lethal force and post-traumatic stress among officers.