This one-day course is designed as a practical and realistic guide for police officers at barricaded subject incidents.  A special emphasis will be on first arriving officers or detectives.  Some situations addressed in this course are individuals who are threatening suicide, domestic incidents where family members are held hostage, suicide-by-cop situations, and offenders who have been caught in the act of committing crimes.


  • Types of barricaded situations
  • Past protocols for barricaded subjects compared with current protocols
  • Immediate response versus negotiating
  • Securing and preparing the scene – including evacuating and negotiator & community safely
  • “The critical first 30 minutes”
  • Supervisor responsibilities
  • Beginning and sustaining productive communications – building rapport and trust
  • Communicating with special populations
  • Developing and using the necessary skill of ‘active listening’
  • Recognizing and applying ‘time’ to your advantage – the ‘slow-it-down’ principle
  • ‘Do’s and don’ts’ of crisis negotiations – stress reducing and getting to the solution
  • Working in teams and interaction with command personnel, tactical teams, and other agencies
  • Transferring information to department negotiators and tactical personnel
  • Media issues
  • Post-situational reviews
  • Designing and incorporating practical training for all members of the department

This program is designed to be interactive with attendees. Experienced negotiators will also find great benefit in attending this program to stay sharp with these skills.

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