Seminar Title: Hostage Negotiators Training Conference
DATES: 4/1/2019 through 4/3/2019
INSTRUCTOR(S): Multiple Instructors
LOCATION: Palace Station - 2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89102
HOTEL: Palace Station - Las Vegas, NV 1-800-634-3101
Tower Rooms:$75.00 S/D Sunday-Thursday/$140.00 S/D Friday & Saturday
*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 PCIPA19 or to receive discounted room and service fee rates.
COURSE REGISTRATION FEE: $375.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.
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.
Peter Collins, CD, MD, MCA, FRCPC
Peter Collins has been the forensic psychiatrist with the Criminal Behaviour Analysis Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police, since 1995. From 1990 to 1995 he was a member of the first profiling unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Violent Crime Analysis Section) and was involved in the development of the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS). Since 1992 he has been a member of the crisis/hostage negotiation team of the Toronto Police Service Emergency Task Force.
In addition, Peter consults to the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Profiling Unit of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Behavioural Sciences Section of the Calgary Police Service.
Peter obtained his Masters in Applied Criminology from the University of Ottawa, his Medical Degree from McMaster University and completed his postgraduate medical training in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His clinical appointment is with the Complex Illness and Recovery Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and he is an Associate Professor, in the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto. Peter is also a co-investigator with the Health Adaptation Research on Trauma (HART) Lab and an advisor to the International Performance Resilience and Efficiency Program for police tactical teams at the University of Toronto (Mississauga). He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management, published by the American Psychological Association, and a columnist with Blue Line Magazine.
Peter retired from the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves), at the rank of Lieutenant-Commander, and served on 2 deployments in Southern Afghanistan. In October 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the Canadian Forces. He has also been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD).
In 1997 Peter was elected a member of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship. In 2017 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Critical Incident Association. Peter is an authority on violent crime and has worked with, and instructed, numerous criminal justice agencies in North America, and internationally, including the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Interpol, and Europol.
Pre-Payment is NOT required to register or attend this seminar
Negotiating for one of your own
Hostage negotiators usually negotiate with hostage takers where the hostages are either family members, acquaintances, or strangers to their captor. In almost all of these instances there is no prior relationship between the hostage and the negotiator. But what happens when the hostage is known to the negotiator? Will that change or alter the negotiator's negotiation strategy? More specifically, what happens when the hostage is an on-duty police detective who has a loaded firearm pointed at his head inside the interrogation room of his precinct by an unstable individual who was just being questioned about a minor incident? This is was very set of circumstances that occurred to NYPD Detective Michael Ahearne of the 19th. Precinct Detective Squad where hostage negotiators, the tactical team and command staff were met with some life and death extreme challenges when attempting to negotiate with one of their own.
When tactical teams act independently:
Both police negotiation and tactical teams are held in high regard by their respective agencies, the media and by the public because they represent a higher level of police intervention. It is therefore critical that negotiation, tactical teams, and command staff work in harmony and have a strong response strategy in place whenever working an active scene that is validated by the incident commander. Equally as critical is that the incident commander maintain strict discipline amongst his or her operational units working that scene. This presentation will highlight a case that occurred in Macon Georgia of a Wells Fargo Bank hostage incident that went perhaps not as it should have, pointing out how possible bias about prior incidents, communication breakdowns, and acting independently can alter the outcome of an incident.
Communicating with emotionally disturbed individuals, who are in crisis
An overview of major mental illness;
The connection between mental illness and violence;
The use of subjective judgement protocols in negotiation;
An overview of personality disorders and how to effectively communicate with personality disordered individuals;
The impact of alcohol and drugs in negotiations;
The efficacy of critical incident stress debriefing.
Social media and texting issues
Texting and social media are at our fingertips. The average American sends 678 texts per month. 80% of adults now text. Texting is here to stay. Many subjects prefer texting over voice communication. Texting brings a set of complex issues that negotiators must understand and be able to work with. There are a few advantages to texting for negotiators as well. Texting issues will be discussed, and texting techniques discussed. With almost 2 billion FaceBook users negotiators must be up to speed on currant social media trends. Understanding social media is critical when dealing with the youth suspect.103% of the US population own a cell phone. Cell phones create unique challenges in negotiations. As the negotiator we want to be the subjects only contact. We will cover methods and processes to work with cell phone providers to shut down or modify cellular service.