36th Annual Hostage Negotiation Seminar


Tuesday February 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM EST
Wednesday February 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST

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Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn Wyndham Affiliate
245 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031

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Corporal Morgan Hassler 
Baltimore County Police Department 


Proud co-sponsor of the registration gift for ALL seminar attendees. Thank you!





The Baltimore County Police Department and the Baltimore Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 36th Annual Hostage Negotiation Seminar scheduled for February 10th & 11th, 2015  in Hunt Valley, Maryland.


Who Should Attend?

Attendance is recommended for police officers who are tasked with hostage/crisis negotiations, local police, sheriffs, district attorneys, correctional officers, officers from universities, both state and community colleges, military police units, any Federal law enforcement agency, and mental health and behavioral science personnel.



Our Program ...

 Time to Act - An Interactive Session on Negotiation Skills

This unique and powerful preentation will teach methods for negotiating successful outcomes by communicating in a way that others can hear. Our presenter, Donny Ebenstein, has mastered the art of influence through empathy, and will share ways you can learn to emphatize with others and exert influence over their behavior. The technique will be demonstrated via an interactive role play, applying these skills to an internal negotiation focused on team dynamics. The session is based on concepts in Donny's book, "I Hear You". This technique will quickly become one of your most effective tools to resolve incidents as well as for everyday communication.

Wilmington, North Carolina

An off-duty police officer, who is armed and suicidal, barricades himself in his apartment and engages in a 12-hour standoff. This presentation will highlight the challenges of negotiating with a fellow law enforcement officer, text messaging and cellular telephone communication concerns, domestic-relationship matters and compromised police radio communications.

 Casper, Wyoming 

This presentation will feature the various dynamics associated with an 11-hour standoff at a motel involving 5 hostages and 2 suspects. After a police response to a report of suspicious activity, officers observed an unusual amount of foot traffic going in and out of a particular room. After an attempt was made to contact, the occupants, the officers are informed the subjects inside are armed and holding hostages. A standoff ensues, shots are fired and negotiators are deployed.






Fort Wayne, Indiana

While riding the same public transportation bus, a subject forces a woman off and fatally shoots her in front of several witnesses; some of which are children. The subject flees to a nearby neighborhood, barricades himself in house and holds a 3-year-old child hostage. The incident posed several challenges - dealing with multiple cellular phones, developing negotiation strategies and coordinating with other police assets to resolve the incident.


Bangor, Maine
A lengthy standoff with a husband and wife after attempts were made to serve a protective order. The couple subscribed to soverign citizen views. During the standoff, the husband doused his wife and their trailer with gasoline, threatened to start a fire, discharged a firearm and threw Molotov cocktails at police. Negotiations were conducted and tactical intervention plans were established in an attempt to resolve the situation.


Phoenix, Arizona

In May 2013, Phoenix Police SWAT and tactical negotiators responded to a report of a barricaded 32-year-old male suspected of abducting his wife, two children and a step-child. He held them hostage in a house and exchanged of gunfire several times while negotiating primarily through text messages. Some of challenges faced during this incident were negotiated releases of hostages and a dynamic tactical breach.




Norwich, England 

 This presentation will review a 2-day armed siege involving a subject who was enraged and using anabolic steroids, while constantly threatening suicide-by-cop. The subject held two people captive and became fixated on the negotiator being the one to shoot him. The presentation will highlight challenges of dealing with an angry and excited subject during a protracted incident and development and implementation of release and surrender plans. 



San Juan, Puerto Rico 

After the brazen kidnapping of a prominent businessman, a one million dollar ransom is demanded for his safe release. This 5-day incident features the value of coordinated efforts between investigative, negotiation and tactical components to bring about a resolution. It also stresses the importance of selecting and coaching a Third Party Intermediary, employing traditional crisis negotiation techniques and strategies, in addition to the importance of training with the tactical element.


Registration Details  (Please Read)

Registration Fee:  $195.00  

(Payment accepted via check, credit card through PayPal or Government Purchase Order)

Registration fee includes: two full days of seminars, continental breakfast and plated lunch on both days.

Registration & Payment Policy: Space is limited. Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment is due at the time of registration (check, credit card or Government Purchase Order). Registration will be closed after January 23, 2015.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: There will be no cancellations or refunds after  January 23, 2015. After that date, if you are registered and have not yet paid for your registration, you will be responsible for payment in full regardless of attendance status.

To cancel your registration or request a refund, please submit your request by email to Corporal Morgan Hassler at mhassler@baltimorecountymd.gov. As noted above, all requests for cancellations or refunds must be received by January 23, 2015.

Inclement Weather Policy: Please understand that we cannot issue cancellations due to inclement weather, and we will not, under any circumstances, cancel the seminar because of inclement weather.

NEW THIS YEAR -- We have added the capability to register and pay for ALL members of your organization/team in a single registration process.  Please follow the prompts on the registration page.  

 All attendees are requested to bring their work credentials to the seminar and have them available for inspection at check-in.


Hotel Accommodations

A room block has been reserved at the Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn Wyndham Affiliate. If you wish to stay at the host hotel, you may register on-line or by telephone.

Click here to link to the hotel website to reserve your room(s).  Select the  "Reservations" tab on the left, enter your dates, then select  "Find It".  This will take you to the Police Hostage Negotiation Seminar room block. To reserve by telephone, call 1-866-764-8359. The group identifier is" Police Hostage Negotiation Seminar".

If you have questions or problems making your reservations, you may contact Lindsay Mongeon, Convention Services Manager, by email or by telephone at 410-785-3900.

Transportation: The nearest airport to the hotel is BWI Thurgood Marshall. Attendees are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements.