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Seminar Title:  
Hostage Negotiations, Phase III

DATES:  12/9/2019 through 12/13/2019

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/$90500 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 PCIPA18 or PATC Western States Conference to receive discounted rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $695.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

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.

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.

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.


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Course Objectives

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Hostage Negotiations Phase III training module is a continuation of Phase I and Phase II that builds on the solid foundation of theories and practicum of Hostage Negotiations.

Phase III will provide comprehensive training in the following areas:

  • Supervisory and Management of a Hostage Negotiation Team and Hostage Scene;
  • Expert Witnessing and Prediction of Resolution of Hostage / Barricade Situations;
  • Mentally Disturbed / Suicidal Risk Analysis;
  • Communication and Negotiations Skills with the Mentally Impaired;
  • Managing Threatening Situations;
  • Stress & Anxiety Management and Psychological Threat Assessment;
  • Communication and Negotiation Skills Applicable to Jail and Correction Facilities;
  • Dealing with victims of P.T.S. D.

This is a Tested Training Class. A 50 Question Test Based on Phase I, II & III will be given. A Passing Score of 70% or greater is required to receive your Certification Certificate. Each student will be critiqued on their ability to fulfill the duties of the primary negotiator

NOTE: To qualify to take Phase III Hostage Negotiations Certification you must have completed Phase I & II Hostage Negotiations through Public Agency Training Council. No other hostage training courses will qualify an individual / team qualify to take Phase III.


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