The Hostage/Crisis Negotiation Team (HCNT) responds to a wide range of situations involving persons in the midst of emotional crisis, or persons who are mentally ill and needing intervention. Such situations include hostage incidents, barricaded subjects, and suicidal persons.
THE HCNT is comprised of 10 team members, one of which is a Psychologist who volunteers as the team's mental health consultant. The team consists of a Team Commander, Team Leader, and multiple team members.
The HCNT objective is to preserve life and defuse volatile situations via negotiation; and, by doing so, ensure the safety of everyone involved. All team members have received extensive training in hostage/crisis negotiations. The team responds to an average of four negotiable incidents each year.
The HCNT is part of the Incident Command System and works closely with the Tactical Support Unit. These two units have worked together to provide peaceful resolution to a bank robbery hostage incident, and numerous barricaded and/or suicidal subjects. The incident involving the bank robbery was highly publicized nationwide and has been used as a training module for a variety of Negotiation Teams/Groups across the country.
The HCNT holds the distinction of having its members hold the offices of current vice-president, trustee and three past presidents of the Kansas Association of Hostage Negotiators. Team members are also highly regarded instructors in the field of hostage/crisis negotiations, having been instructors or guest speakers at conferences and training seminars hosted by the California Association of Hostage Negotiators, Kansas Association of Hostage Negotiators, Kansas Peace Officers Association, Kansas City Metro Tactical Officers Association, Texas State University-San Marcos, Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators, New York Association of Hostage Negotiators, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
For additional information, call 913-971-7500.