Detective Dominick J. Misino (retired) is
a 22 year veteran of the New York City Police Department.
During his career with the NYPD he served in the Special
Operations Division for 18 years. His background is varied
and diverse. He served as the primary hostage negotiator
for his last 6 years with the NYPD. The NYPD negotiation
team consists of 120 trained negotiators. His responsibilities
included training new members to this team and scheduling
and retraining existing negotiators. As primary negotiator
he has personally been involved in over 200 hostage / barricade
incidents. He has trained law enforcement personnel from
over 500 various departments and agencies. He has also trained
officers from numerous foreign countries.
Prior to his assignment with the Hostage
Team, he was assigned to the Emergency Service Unit. His
position there developed into Head Instructor for Tactical
Operations. In this position he instituted and developed
training for the 400-member unit. He trained and was a member
of the NYPD counter terrorist team and sniper team. His
negotiation skills were initiated under fire. During his
time with the Emergency Service Unit he had the opportunity
to negotiate with all types of people, from people with
mental disorders threatening to jump off of bridges to trying
to talk out trapped and barricaded suspects. He trained
numerous SWAT teams and military counter-terrorist teams
from the US and abroad. His experiences with the Emergency
Service Unit became a valuable asset in bringing the Emergency
Service Unit and the Hostage Negotiation Team together.
He developed joint training between these
units and established a valuable working relationship. Two
of his most note worthy negotiations were: the negotiated
release of 105 people aboard a hijacked Lufthansa aircraft.
The suspect was convinced to allow the pilot to land at
JFK international airport and then surrender to Dominick
on the runway. The second, a bank holdup gone bad. Three
hostages, 2 bad guys, and a 12 hour grueling hostage negotiation
which ended in the safe release and surrender of all involved.