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Crisis Hostage Negotiations - Level I  


The first in a series of three progressive courses, IPTM’s Crisis Hostage Negotiations – Level I addresses the fundamental skills of a successful negotiator. We will prepare you to work as part of an agency negotiation team by teaching you the skills required to respond to a hostage incident or a person in crisis and de-escalate the situation.

You will learn techniques for engagement, de-escalation, team roles and responsibilities, managing intelligence, equipment use and set-up, as well as strategies to overcome resistance and emotional arousal.

Challenging practical exercises are an integral part of the course and provide you with an opportunity to practice and improve your negotiation skills.

Topics Include

  • Introduction to negotiation
  • Negotiation philosophy
  • Negotiation team responsibilities
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Behavioral profiles
  • Initial response and team set-up (Negotiation Operations Center)
  • Personnel and equipment resources
  • Information gathering and maintenance
  • Stress management
  • Use of force issues
  • Practical training exercises: individual, pair and team


Sworn members of law enforcement and corrections, hostage negotiators, patrol officers, military investigative personnel, non-law enforcement members of a crisis negotiation team, mental health professionals and clergy members supporting law enforcement activities

Course Length

40 hours


You must be a member of the audience listed below to attend this course. Requests for exceptions must be approved by IPTM.


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