Training, patience, and time... that's what it takes to talk a barricaded suspect out of a house without harming themselves or the deputies responding to a call for help or talking a person who sees no future from jumping off a highway overpass. The agency's team of active Hostage Negotiators respond to incidents as needed.
Their calls can range from talking a female bank robber holding 15 hostages in the bank's vault into freeing her captives and giving up, to talking a distraught man who had lost his job and was threatening to jump off a bridge into getting help. Clearly, the team saves lives.
In 2011, The Hostage Negotiation Team responded to 7 incidents and worked collaboratively with SWAT to
deal with armed barricaded subjects who were either intent on committing suicide, were a fugitive from justice
or had intent on harming others, creating dangerous environments with a propensity for physical violence. The
Hostage negotiators receive monthly training, preparing themselves to difuse such incidents in their attempts
to bring about a peaceful resolution. The HNT also participated in a large scale CALEA joint training exercise
with the Sheriff’s Office SWAT, EOD, CIMT, UPD, Intel, and other components of the HRIC section. The
training exercise consisted of a simulated terrorism event with multiple targets in an effort to plan, prepare, and
train for a terrorism event against our County’s citizens, or visitors including our expansive tourist corridor.