Hostage Negotiation Team

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation team is a unit of specially trained persons who are tasked to respond to crisis incidents. These incidents include but are not limited to suicide attempts, hostage situations, and barricaded armed subjects with or without hostages or other victims.

A member of the unit must receive special training in crisis intervention, negotiation techniques, recognition of patterns and clusters of behaviors, and advanced active communication skills. These skills are used with the goal of a safer more controlled resolution to a volatile incident which poses high risk to the members of the Sheriff’s Office, persons in crisis and the general public at large. All members of the team also hold other working positions in the Sheriff’s Office and do not receive additional compensation for their presence on the team.