Hostage Negotiations

Course Hours: 40.0 Hours

Course Description

This is an introductory course designed to prepare the student to conduct crisis negotiations in hostage, barricaded suspect, correctional, cult, or terrorist situations. Key topics include: Introduction to hostage negotiations, crisis intervention, opening negotiations, communication skills, negotiation dynamics, demands - time - stress, hostage negotiations teams, intelligence, legal considerations, psychology in hostage negotiations, suicide, negotiations in correctional facilities, and negotiating equipment. Lecture is supplemented with case studies and multiple practical exercises to develop and practice negotiating skills. Students must demonstrate appropriate negotiation techniques during a performance examination on the final day of the course.


Students must have a minimum of two years law enforcement or corrections experience. Students must be currently employed full time by a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency or correctional facility. Students must have agency approval for serving in the capacity as a negotiator. It is recommended to view the following movies prior to class as they will be discussed: Ffolks, The Negotiator, and Dog Day Afternoon.

Who Should Attend

Law enforcement and corrections officers responsible for conducting hostage and crisis negotiations.

Special Notes

Practical exercises may be conducted at the Mock Village, located within the GPSTC campus. Not all buildings within the Mock Village are climate controlled. Students should bring professional clothing, appropriate for the outdoor environment, based on anticipated weather conditions.

Start Date End Date Location (Hover for more information) Time Course Number Status
11/16/2020 11/20/2020 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. LPAA20744 Register
03/01/2021 03/05/2021 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
04/19/2021 04/23/2021 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
07/12/2021 07/16/2021 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
11/15/2021 11/19/2021 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon