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Seminar Title:  
Hostage Negotiators Training Conference

DATES:  3/26/2018 through 3/28/2018


LOCATION:  Palace Station - 2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV  89102

HOTEL:  Palace Station - Las Vegas, NV  1-800-634-3101
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$55.00 S/D Sunday-Thursday/$130.00 S/D Friday & Saturday
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*Additional $9.99 Service Fee Per Night (Includes Scheduled Transportation To and From Airport, Shuttle to strip, Work-out Center, and In Room Internet Access)
NOTE: Identify with Group Code PCPCIPA17 or PATC Western States Spring Conference to receive discounted rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $375.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Chief Inspector (retd.) Andrew B Brown
Andrew Brown is an internationally renowned negotiator with specialist knowledge and experience in dealing with kidnap for ransom and hostage/crisis incidents, particularly in maritime environments; in designing conflict de-escalation skills for military operations and acting as an expert witness to judicial inquiries on the response to hostage taking, specifically the Lindt Café siege, Sydney, Australia.

Fellow of the Chartered Management and Security Institutes, he has developed advanced negotiation skills for major corporations, public policy and world class sports coaches. An executive coach, he guides people though crisis to better their lives, both professionally and personally.

His doctoral studies and experience in Afghan kidnappings have led him to research, critique and advise International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) how to prepare, prevent and respond to the threat of international kidnap. He advises the Jesuit Refugee Service, Vatican State on their overseas humanitarian missions to help those in need.

A Fulbright Alumnus, he has taught advanced tactics to many law enforcement agencies including NYPD, USMS and the FBI where he advised and critiqued their response to a national maritime terrorist exercise. Published in Modern Piracy & Maritime Terrorism: The Challenges of Piracy for the 21st Century and contributed a chapter to the 5th Edition Crisis Negotiations: Managing Critical Incidents and Hostage Situations in Law Enforcement & Corrections, he remains an Advisor to the Editorial Boards of the Criminal Psychology & Criminal Investigations, the Forensic Research & Criminology International and the Crisis Response Journals

Dr. Andy Young
Dr. Young has been a Professor in Behavioral Sciences at Lubbock Christian University since 1996 and a negotiator and Psychological Consultant with the Lubbock Police Department’s SWAT team since 2000. He also heads their Victim Services Unit and is the director of the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team.  He has been on the negotiating team at the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office since 2008 and has recently been asked to serve as the Psychological Consultant on the Amarillo Police Department’s HNT team and has joined the team at the Texas Department of Public Safety (state troopers).  He has written a book, mostly stories about his work as a crisis counselor and hostage negotiator at LPD called Fight or Flight: Negotiating Crisis on the Frontline (see and has published research on the callout experience, personality and decision-making styles of negotiators and SWAT operators, one of which was recently published in NTOA’s magazine.  Since 2014 he has spoken nationally at numerous hostage negotiator conferences, as well as other professional and academic conferences on crisis intervention and hostage negotiating.

Jack J. Cambria, Lieutenant (retired)
Jack Cambria is a recently retired member of the New York City Police Department who has contributed 33 ½ years of exemplary service. He has served for 16 years in the Emergency Service Unit (ESU), whose primary focus is to provide Rescue, Tactical (SWAT), and Counter-Terrorism services to the City of New York. He was assigned to ESU in the ranks of Police Officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He has extensive experience and certifications in all facets of these operations, and is a New York State Certified Police Instructor. He holds numerous awards for bravery and dedicated service. He has responded to and served on many high profile assignments such as both World Trade Center disasters, plane crashes, and a variety of hostage and barricade situations, particularly violent and suicidal individuals. He also served as the Rescue Team Manager on the FEMA-Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. Because of his solid foundation of achievements, Jack was assigned to command the agencies elite Hostage Negotiation Team for the last fourteen-years of his career. His duties consisted of coordinating the efforts of over 100 negotiators, who responded throughout New York City to all hostage related assignments. He was responsible for the training and certification of all new negotiators and refresher training of all of the current members of the team. Jack has and continues conducting in-service training for many international, federal, state and local law enforcement and corporate agencies. In 2006, he and two selected members of his team were dispatched to the U.S. Military Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to conduct hostage negotiation training for members of the United States Joint Task Force. He has also served as a technical consultant in the entertainment industry, where he advised on the major motion pictures, ‘The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3,’ ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,’ and ‘The Amazing Spiderman II;’ additionally for the television series, ‘Life on Mars,’ ‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘Unforgettable,’ ‘Elementary,’ and ‘The Mysteries of Laura.’ Jack has authored several scholarly articles on negotiations and has achieved his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. He has served as an adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and the Empire State College (SUNY) in New York City.

Lt. Mark Lowther (Ret.)
Mark Lowther is a US Marine Corps veteran. Lt. Lowther retired after 24 years of service with the Weber County Sheriff's Office (Ogden, Utah). His background is varied and diverse. He has served as a SWAT hostage negotiator for a major portion of his career. His background and experience comes from serving on two Metro SWAT teams. Lt. Lowther has experience on all levels of negotiations from tech to negotiation team leader. He has personally been involved in numerous threatened suicide and SWAT negotiation incidents. Lt. Lowther was also a primary negotiator during one of the first known hostage negotiations involving social media.

Lt. Lowther has extensive background and training in suicide intervention and mental illness. He has instructed law enforcement locally and nationally on law enforcement interaction with suicidal individuals and the mentally ill. Lt. Lowther has presented on crisis/hostage negotiations at conferences for the International Association of Hostage Negotiators, Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators, and the Midwest Association of Crisis Negotiators. He was named by the Utah Tactical Officers Association as the 2012 Crisis Negotiator of the year.

In addition to his duties on the SWAT hostage negotiation team, Lt. Lowther has worked in corrections, patrol, detectives, vice/gangs, motors, warrants, and court security. Lt. Lowther served as part of the Public Safety Law Enforcement Unit assigned to the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. He has also served on a federal task force as a sworn Special Deputy United States Marshal.

Mark has served as a public information officer, watch commander, patrol precinct commander, and court security services commander. Mark although retired from full time law enforcement, continues to serve as a part time deputy sheriff and maintains Utah Peace Officer status.

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Course Objectives

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Andrew Brown
Negotiating with the Afghan Taliban – A Case Study

The planned kidnap of an Indian Jesuit Priest from a remote village resulted in a negotiation with the Afghan Taliban at a time of political and leadership instability over an 8.5-month period to release the priest without payment of ransom. This case examines the Taliban kidnap business model, their sophistication, negotiation challenges and the part religion played in the survival of the hostage.


Lessons from Lindt Siege
In a siege hailed as the first attack on Australian soil by the Islamic State, a manipulative narcissistic criminal took 18 people hostage within the Lindt Café, Martin Place, Sydney with an alleged improvised explosive device and a sawn off shotgun. The 16.5-hour long incident in which the hostage taker never communicated with negotiators, ended in the death of two hostages and the hostage taker as police stormed the stronghold. The consequent coronial inquiry highlighted a number of significant issues for negotiators.


Andy Young
Andy will give an introduction into having a Psychological Consultant on an HNT team and review of callout debriefs. He will also discuss results from a national survey of hostage negotiators, and another of SWAT operators, and then compared their callout experience, personality, decision-making styles, and cognitive-emotion regulation. The presentation focuses on how these two groups can work better together and perhaps overcome some of the things we’ve all struggled with on scene. Attendees will be provided a handout with concrete recommendations for training, new member selection, etc. 


Jack Cambria
Negotiating with Terrorists

Jack Cambria will present the many challenges that hostage negotiators may experience if negotiating with a terrorist hostage-taker. Negotiators can expect a hostile and mostly one-side dialogue with the terrorist hostage-taker with little or no rapport building. Oftentimes, the terrorist hostage-taker or barricade is stalling for time to increased media attention. Various strategies of how to isolate, contain and negotiate this type of critical incident will be discussed. Examples from actual terrorist hostage incidents will be explored along with active listening approaches that were utilized by hostage negotiators. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.


Legal Issues
This block of instruction will give the student an understanding of the various court cases that have impacted on Hostage Negotiations and the landmark case that has laid the legal foundation for hostage negotiations in the United States. Precedent setting cases, such as Downs verses the United States (1971), U.S. verses Crosby (1983), N.Y. verses Quarles (1984), and others will be explored. Actual case studies will be discussed and reviewed in giving an awareness of where civil liability issues can arise.


Mark Lowther
CNT Intelligence Collection and Management 

A critical and often underutilized element in crisis negotiations is intelligence.  Many hostage situations are emotionally driven. Robust collection, prioritization and management of intelligence on subjects, hostages, and precipitating  events is critical.  Some of the topics to be discussed

  • Mental  health provider HIPAA concerns an exceptions
  • The importance of properly prioritizing what information is collected first
  • Sources of information that are often overlooked or underutilized 
  • Understanding the three main uses of intelligence in negotiations
  • Effective organization of information in the NOC.

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