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Crisis Negotiations

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The goal of the Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) is to defuse potentially life-threatening crisis situations without the use of force or the loss of life. This is done through the use of proven verbal crisis management and communication techniques. Situations which the Crisis Negotiations Team will respond include but not limited to:

  • Armed/barricaded subjects
  • Suicidal persons and the mentally ill
  • Suspects who have taken a hostage(s)

The Crisis Negotiation Team responsibilities include not only negotiations but also establishing communication links, background information, psychological profiles and conducting witness debriefings. The team uses unique equipment such as a crisis throw phone, bullhorn and high powered lenses during negotiations. When called upon the Crisis Negotiation Team responds with their specially equipped mobile unit which houses state-of-the-art communications equipment that allows them to communicate in any type of situation.
The Crisis Negotiations Team is a voluntary on-call unit comprised of one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, and eight team members. Members have received extensive training conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and The State Bureau of Investigations (SBI). The Team has been recognized by the National Tactical Officers Association. Some of the team members are members of the North Carolina Association of Crisis Negotiators.

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