Hostage Negotiation Basic Course 40 Hours – Carterson Public Safety Group, Inc
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Hostage Negotiation Basic Course 40 Hours

Instructor: Jack Cambria

Course Curriculum:

This basic forty-hour basic course is specifically designed to develop the fundamental skills of the successful law enforcement or military crisis negotiator. It will prepare the student to meet the basic requirements and certification criteria of an agency’s hostage or crisis negotiation team. Instruction includes techniques for engagement, de-escalation strategies, team roles and responsibilities, managing emotions, intelligence gathering, required equipment, developing strategies to overcome grandiose demands, inter and intra agency cooperation, incident command, suicide intervention, response to law enforcement officers in crisis, and much more. Challenging scenario-based exercises are an integral part of the course and provide an opportunity to practice and improve newly acquired negotiation skills. Training is based on the National Council of Negotiation Associations (NCNA) nationally recommended forty-hour training week for the basic course, along with other nationally recognized training standards. The curriculum may be modified within acceptable standards to better meet individual training objectives.

Training will include, but is not limited to the following topics:

Basic 40-Hour Course:

  • Individual Team Roles
  • Required Equipment
  • Situation Boards
  • Fundamentals of Negotiation
  • Active Listening Skills
  • Response Protocols
  • Policy and Procedure
  • Legal Issues and Best Practices
  • Response to Suicidal Jumpers
  • Managing Incidents Involving Emotionally Disturbed Individuals
  • Interacting with Command Staff and Tactical Teams
  • Inter and Intra Agency Cooperation
  • Negotiations in the Correctional Setting
  • Incident Case Reviews (Lessons Learned)
  • Scenario Based Role Play Training
  • Much More 

Recommended Audience:

Any law enforcement officer who is currently a member of their agency’s crisis or hostage negotiation team, or candidates being considered for a position on a team. These would include police officers, deputies, correctional officers, military personnel, and team psychologists. This course will also serve as recurrent refresher training for an agency’s crisis or hostage negotiators.