41st Annual Hostage Negotiation Seminar


Tuesday, February 11, 2020 to Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley
245 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Book your group rate for Police Hostage Negotiation Seminar

See additional information under "Hotel Accommodations"   to the right. Room block closes on 1/7/20.

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Sergeant Morgan Hassler 
Baltimore County Police Department 

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 ...

Below is a partial listing of the scheduled presentations. More to follow.

Calgary, Canada

In November 2018, a male subject was taken hostage by multiple offenders with the intention of obtaining a ransom for his release.  A family member of the hostage received text messages from the hostage-takers along with photographs of the hostage bound and badly beaten.  After law enforcement was alerted of the situation, members of the Crisis Negotiation Unit became involved. A command post structure was established, and the family member and negotiators worked together to address the demands of the hostage-takers throughout the 28-hour incident.

The presentation will address tactics, command decisions, and the challenges the negotiators dealt with as the family member negotiated with the hostage-takers in a highly emotionally charged situation.  It also highlights importance of coaching and understanding the family member is also a person in crisis.

London, England

On January 16, 2013 al-Qaeda-linked terrorists took expat hostages at the gas facility near In Amenas, Algeria.  After four days, the Algerian Special Forces raided the site in an effort to free the hostages. 39 foreign hostages were killed along with an Algerian security guard. A total of 685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners were freed. Three terrorists were captured and 29 killed. This presentation will tell the story of the United Kingdom’s biggest deployment of negotiators showing the difficulties of a covert kidnap deployment. It will focus on one specific deployment and show the effect of such a deployment on the family of one missing worker as well as the effect on the negotiators deployed to support the family.

This presentation will tell the story of the UKs biggest negotiator deployment of negotiators showing the difficulties of a covert kidnap deployment.

Yell County, Arkansas

In May 2017, members of the Yell County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a domestic disturbance call. While en route, a traffic stop is conducted in reference to the incident, shots are fired, and a sheriff’s deputy is mortally wounded. The suspect returned to the residence and continued with his deadly rampage before barricading himself and taking his former girlfriend captive. Members of the Arkansas State Police were requested and provided negotiation and tactical assistance throughout the incident. 

 This incident will focus on a multi-jurisdictional response and negotiating with a hostile and impaired murder suspect. It will also address the challenges of dealing with a difficult hostage and the application of technological assets.

Henry County, Georgia

In April 2019, officers responded to an unknown trouble call and observed a female on the ground in the residence. As the two officers entered the dwelling to render aide, they were fired upon and both were shot. The suspect announced he was holding a hostage and negotiations began. Throughout the 15-hour incident, the suspect continued to shoot as tactical resources were deployed from other law enforcement agencies and tactics were initiated. 

 The incident presentation will address the challenges associated with a multi-agency response, along with negotiation strategies and tactics.

Manhunts: A Role for Crisis Negotiators

This presentation will focus of the role of the Crisis Negotiator in a law enforcement Manhunt and to furnish a framework for negotiators to provide “value added” guidance to Executive Management in these events. The presentation will explore several case studies and highlight lessons learned/best practices from actual incidents.

Resiliency in Critical Incidents 

This dynamic workshop will provide evidence-based strategies to effectively optimize workforce engagement from employees who may have become drawn out, cynical, or toxic. We will address leadership strategies to enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of your workforce to maximize team engagement.  Eric will discuss the science of resiliency and identify effective strategies to build officer psychological capital (PsyCap) while managing the silent killer among us…STRESS. 

Itawamba County, Mississippi 

Near the end of 2018, members of the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a neighboring county in reference to a disturbance between two armed adult males in a residence. Information was also obtained that a little girl was inside this same residence and was going to be killed. Two other girls were able to flee. Deputies were able to confirm the little girl was in the dwelling, being held against her will, and death was imminent should the deputies enter. Negotiations were established and the incident lasted approximately 32-hours. 

This prolonged incident will highlight negotiation and tactical strategies, a multi-jurisdictional response, the use of a TPI, delivery of food and beverages, and the role of technical assets.  

San Jose, California

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies attempted a vehicle stop and were met with gunfire. A pursuit ensued and the male and female suspects bailed out, abducted a UPS driver, his work truck, and engaged in another pursuit. The vehicle eventually came to a stop in north San Jose in an industrial area. In a coordinated effort, members of the San Jose Police Department and Sheriff’s Office provided tactical and negotiation resources in an effort resolve the situation.



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 17, 2020.

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


Cancellation Policy  (Important, Please Read)

As of midnight EDT on January 17, 2020, if you are registered for the conference, we incur expenses on your behalf, and full payment is expected. You are required to pay IN FULL if you are registered as of midnight EDT on January 17, 2020, whether or not you attend.

If you are registered as of midnight EDT on January 17, 2020 and have not paid, you will be billed for your full conference payment. If you have paid your registration as of midnight EDT on January 17, 2020 and do not attend, NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN.

You may substitute another qualified attendee in your place without any additional fee at any time. Please contact us for assistance with substitutions.

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.


Hotel Accommodations

A room block has been reserved at the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley.

Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley for $122 USD per night

Book your group rate for Police Hostage Negotiation Seminar Additionally, you can call the Delta Hotel Reservation line at 1-888-236-2427 and tell them you would like to book inside the block called: " Police Hostage Negotiation Seminar" and you will be given the group rate of $122.00 per night plus tax. BOOK BY 1/7/20 TO RECEIVE THIS SPECIAL RATE.

If you have questions or problems making your reservations, you may contact the Convention Services Manager by telephone at 410-785-7000.

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


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