Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 2017 Newsletter

Crisis Negotiation Newsletter
February 2017 | www.CrisisNegotiatorBlog.com 

Hello all,

Welcome to this month's newsletter. We are back to the regular format after last month's special kidnapping and terrorism edition. Make sure to keep your crisis negotiation skills sharp by attending one of the conferences or trainings below. 

Finally, as always, feel free to pass this along to others and invite them to sign up as well. 


1. Conferences & Events

NYAHN Annual Conference (May 18-20)

Other Conferences and Events:
Training from Canadian Critical Incident Inc. (CCII)
...Its focus remains almost entirely on extortion and hostage taking, and its demands are almost always financial. In regards to hostages, the majority of its victims are Filipino. However, the group frequently captures foreign nationals, including Australians, British, Canadians, Chinese, French, and Germans.
Hostages are rarely – if ever – released by ASG without receipt of the ransom...

3. Not ‘Lone Wolves’ After All: How ISIS Guides World’s Terror Plots From Afar

Because the recruits are instructed to use encrypted messaging applications, the guiding role played by the terrorist group often remains obscured.

If a person is in crisis, the odds are they feel like something important is missing- control. A person in crisis often feels like they have no control over their life and that is what pushes them into a crisis. Making that person be part of the decision process is vital to ultimately getting what you want. 

Napoleoni says IS realised several years ago the powerful propaganda value of viral hostage execution videos – but they kept negotiating on the quiet, aware that some hostages were worth more in ransom than they were dead.

The hallmark of PTSD is that the memory of the event becomes haunting. It kind of takes on a life of its own. You start thinking about what happened just out of the blue or in response to triggers in the environment. And what’s so distressing about the memory is not that you just have an image or remember what happened. 

The San Francisco police hostage crisis negotiation team responded to more calls in 2016 than in any year in recent history, an uptick that officials see as a sign that the department is moving in the right direction in dealing with people suffering from mental health crises.

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