to Nov 2

Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators

Sgt. Brandon Pierpoint and I will get to speak about our in-service training for officers.  We'll speak on Tuesday November 30th in the afternoon breakout sessions.  In our in-service training we have officers work out their response to an armed suicidal subject.  While conducting this in-service we've also been gathering some interesting data and will share the applications of what we've found.  Thank you to Derek Gaunt for his article that inspired this training.


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to Apr 20

Illinois Association of Hostage Negotiators Conference

I'll be speaking about the results of my national survey of hostage negotiators and the comparison of negotiator personality, experience, and decision-making style with that of SWAT operators.  I'll then present a callout debriefing as an example of the applications of these findings and recommendations for how Negotiators, SWAT, and command staff can work better together on callouts.  For more information see:


And here is the conference agenda: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/689316_f351423fff7a40ac8588eeb64f98a9f4.pdf


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to Mar 28

International Association of Hostage Negotiators (Public Agency Training Council) - Hostage Negotiator Conference

I'll be speaking at the Public Agency Training Council (PATC) Hostage Negotiator Conference in Las Vegas!  Lt. Jack Cambria (NYPD, Ret.) will also be speaking.  I'm looking forward to attending!  I'll get to speak about my research on the personality, experience, and decision-making styles of negotiators and SWAT operators, and its application on SWAT callouts.  I'll include a debrief of a callout I had with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office as an example.

For more see: http://www.patc.com/training/detail.php?ID=15311

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to Jan 12

Hostage Negotiator Competition - Texas State University

I'll be a head judge at the competition again this year and am excited that our team at the Lubbock Police Department will get to compete again!  I hope we'll do better than last year's 7th place showing.

I'll also get to co-present with Sgt. Brandon Pierpoint at the conference held on the first day. We'll be speaking about how it is easy for negotiators to neglect officer-safety when responding to suicidal subjects.  

This competition/training is the best anywhere and I highly recommend competing.  For details see: http://www.cj.txstate.edu/special/hostage.html



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to Oct 19

Michigan Association of Hostage Negotiators Conference

This year's conference is in Traverse City, MI and it looks like I get to speak on both days of the conference!  I'll be speaking about our callouts and my work on the negotiating team as a Psychological Consultant on the SWAT Negotiating team at the Lubbock Police Department.

Here's a link to their website: http://www.miahn.com/ 

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to Sep 21

California Association of Hostage Negotiators Conference, Reno Nevada

I'm excited to return to the California Association of Hostage Negotiators conference! I get to be the speaker to kick off the conference on September 18th, 2017.  

I'll get to speak briefly on a few callouts we've worked, and then present the findings of my national survey of hostage negotiators and SWAT operators, with emphasis on how these two groups can work better together on callouts.

Conference Link: https://cahn.us/default.aspx?menuitemid=177&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1


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to Aug 10

Indiana Association of Hostage Negotiators Conference

I'm excited to head to Indianapolis for Indiana's Hostage Negotiator Association conference.

I'll get to speak about a callout I worked with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office a couple years ago, about my work with the Lubbock Police Department as the Psychological Consultant on their negotiator team, and I'll get to present the findings of my national surveys of Hostage Negotiators and SWAT Operators, with recommendations on how these two groups can work best together on callouts.

Looking forward to this! 

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FREE Negotiator Training for Negotiators from Around West Texas - Lubbock Police Academy

I'll be leading another FREE negotiator training for hostage negotiators from all around this area.  Last year teams from Amarillo PD, Potter County SO, DPS, and Plainview PD joined the Lubbock Police Department's negotiating team and the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office team for a 1-Day training.  We had 75 people, including counseling and psychology students from Lubbock Christian University, attend.  As of June 24th I have about 40 negotiators from around the area attending, and 25 counseling types.  I expect to hear from others, so we could have over 75 people this year.

This year we've reached out to teams to our south and in Oklahoma as well, including TDCJ, Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene and Big Spring, and it looks like some will be able to join us.

Max Howard (FBI, retired) and Brandon Pierpoint (Past president of TAHN) will be helping me out and speaking this year.  Max Howard will speak about the Rigsby Daycare Callout.  It'll be a great, practical training involving LCU counseling students again, and it was really good to gather so many teams from around this area just so we can all meet.

Training will be held in the new Nursing Building on the Lubbock Christian University campus (5601 19th St.).  The Nursing Building is on the west side of campus and can be accessed from Frankford Ave. just south of 19th St, or behind the Arby's on 19th St.

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Crisis Negotiators of Oklahoma - State Association Conference

The Crisis Negotiators of Oklahoma are having their 2nd annual conference in Stillwater. See http://www.crisisnegotiatorsok.com/ for details.

I'll be speaking in the morning, and then again in the afternoon about some of the SWAT callouts I've worked, and about the role of a Psychological Consultant on a Hostage Negotiating Team.

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Greeley Colorado - Rocky Mountain Association of Hostage Negotiators Quarterly Training

Heading back to Colorado! Been graciously invited to speak to members of the Rocky Mountain Association of Hostage Negotiators at their quarterly training.  I'll be bringing some callout debriefings, some information on best practices, and we'll review the findings and recommendations of my national SWAT and Negotiator surveys and research including some things to consider addition to the selection process for new negotiators and SWAT operators.

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