Monday, October 28, 2013

Hostage-Taker Had a Book on Hostage Negotiations

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...He had intended to take hostages from the beginning, police said. They found a book on hostage negotiations at his apartment.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Proof of life: Behind the hostage industry

Remarkably, she became the chief hostage negotiator and carried through Nigel's rescue to the point of entering Somalia and delivering the $500,000 ransom in cash in a backpack.
Her experience of how to respond to a ransom demand and whose advice not to take provide an intriguing insight into the world of hostage taking and negotiation.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

4 Secrets for Winning the Toughest Negotiations

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson has quite the reputation for brokering deals with thugs. Here's how he does it.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Transparency makes its mark in Dubai standoff

The dramatic events of Sunday, when a woman walked into the offices of Dubai's Public Prosecution and threatened to blow herself up, illustrate how much ground both Dubai Police and the UAE national security agencies have covered in recent years in the field of crisis management.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The FBI Hostage Negotiator’s Persuasion Tips

Inside a white clapboard house are two innocent human beings and a desperate man with means, motive, and opportunity to make it all end poorly.
This is what you see on your laptop screen.
What do you do?
Hostage Negotiation and Persuasive Design
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Good Negotiator Isn't A Good Talker, But a Good Listener

"A good negotiator isn't a good talker, but a good listener."
Lubas spoke during a walkthrough at the "Best of the Best" crisis negotiation training at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater Friday morning, where officers from around the state underwent training in how to deal with specific types of crisis negotiation.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

US training for MHA officials to face hostage crises

From After much dilly-dallying,the Union Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA)has finally woken up to the need to have a blueprint to train a battery of senior officers on the lines of the US government’s hostage policy, which will deny payment of ransom, prisoner release or any other concessions to the hostage takers.
And the Hostage Negotiation Training Course, which is to be conducted with the help of the US Embassy here next month, will impart expert training to a select group of 24 police officers on how to conduct negotiations with the terrorists.
...The US trainers will prepare DSP and DIG level officers selected from the various states, agencies and paramilitary forces to deal with the media and suicide incidents during hostage crisis. The training will cover different methods of negotiating with the terrorists and include case studies to show how every hostage and crisis situation is different.
The job of a professional negotiator is to calm a situation, attain tactical advantage through skill dialogue and to gain valuable time to deploy all the necessary resources.
Read more [HERE].

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

NTOA Webinar – Negotiations: Understanding the Incident Assessment Process

National Tactical Officers AssociationDoylestown, PA (September 2013) – The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) will be hosting a new webinar for NTOA members on Negotiations: Understanding the Incident Assessment Process. Det. Jan Dubina (ret.), the current Chair of the NTOA Crisis Negotiation Section, will provide an overview of the Incident Assessment Process used during an ongoing hostage / barricade incident.