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Midwest Counterdrug Training Center

Crisis / Hostage Negotiation - Level 3
Monday, October 9 - Friday, October 13, 2023
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
Directions: 7105 NW 70th Ave., Johnston, IA 50131

Limited No Cost Lodging Available

All prospective students will be placed on a waitlist and notified by email if they are accepted into this course. Verification of attendance and completion of the Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Level 1 and 2 course is the pre-requisite to attend this course.

This course is restricted to US military, law enforcement or corrections, a non-law enforcement member of a crisis negotiation team, a mental health professional or a member of the clergy working in support of law enforcement. Requests for exceptions must be submitted and approved by the MCTC.

Tuition and Fees
There is no cost to attend this training.

Course Description
The Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Course Level III (Advanced) will further enhance the knowledge and skills acquired in Crisis/Hostage Negotiation – Level I (Basic) Course or it’s 40-hour equivalent and Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Level II (Intermediate) or its 40-hour equivalent. 

Third in a series of three progressive courses, Crisis/Hostage Negotiation – Level III (Advanced) prepares students for the most complex and challenging aspects of crisis negotiation – leading crisis negotiation teams and managing crisis incidents. 

The course begins with policy development for crisis negotiation teams wherein students will learn critical elements of a legally sound crisis negotiation policy.  This in-depth look at policy development addresses a number of issues including responsibilities, procedures, training, and critical liabilities related to policy.

Selecting the right personnel to serve on a crisis negotiation team may be the most important decision a team makes. Students will learn how to prepare selection policy, write oral boards, select applicants based on crisis negotiation core competencies, and reduce turnover on crisis negotiation teams.

Modern policing demands that crisis negotiators remain up-to-date on current trends, strategies, and case incidents.  Students will learn how to prepare case studies for presentation for in-service training as well as regional and state association conferences. 

Effective scenario-driven training ensures that crisis negotiators are testing their skills in a realistic, team-oriented environment.  Students will learn how to plan, facilitate, and evaluate scenario-driving training in both team and organizational environments. In keeping with the advanced nature of this course, students will plan, facilitate, and evaluate a culminating scenario-driven practical exercise. Student performance will be carefully evaluated and in-depth feedback will be provided during a comprehensive operational debriefing. 

Operational debriefings are one of the most important tools available to crisis negotiation teams.  Students will learn how to plan, execute, and document operational debriefings.

Every crisis negotiation team with a corrections facility within their jurisdiction must be prepared for negotiating with inmates.  Students will learn inherent differences between the corrections environment and the community with regard to technique and strategy.

Each student will also participate as a member of a small group, responsible for developing and presenting projects in one of five topic areas:  Case study preparation, team selection, training facilitation, scenario writing, or policy development.

Included Topics:
-Policy Development for Crisis Negotiation
-Recruiting, Selecting and Retaining Crisis Negotiation Teams
-Negotiating with the Fellow Officer
-Developing and Presenting Case Studies for Crisis Negotiation
-Planning, Facilitating, and Evaluating Scenario-driven Training for Crisis Negotiation Teams 
-Conducting Operational Debriefings
-20 Hacks for Crisis Negotiation Teams
-Negotiating in a Corrections Environment

***Each student will also participate as a member of a small group, responsible for developing and presenting projects in one of five topic areas:  Case study preparation, team selection, training facilitation, scenario writing, or policy development.

Note: Students are encouraged to bring laptop computers to facilitate their small-group work.

Day 1 and 2 will be a full 8 hour day
Day 3 and 4 will be an 8-11 hour day depending on the scenario  
Day 5 will be a 7-8 hour day

Course Length
Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Level 3 is a 5-day (40 hour) course.

Students attending must have successfully completed Crisis Hostage Negotiations – Level 1 (Basic) course, or its 40-hour equivalent, prior to attending this course and a Crisis Hostage Negotiations – Level 2 (Intermediate) course or its 40-hour equivalent, prior to attending this course. This course is not open to students with no prior negotiation training. Requests for exceptions for Level 1 and Level 2 equivalents must be submitted and approved by the MCTC prior to registration.

This course is trained in accordance with guidelines established by the National Council of Negotiation Associations. CEH: 10-hours Technical Skill; 8-hours Interpersonal Perspectives; 1-hour Legal Studies; & 21-hours Skill Development

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