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Seminar Title:  
Hostage Negotiations and Crisis Intervention, Phase I and II

DATES:  2/19/2018 through 2/23/2018

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Mark Lowther

LOCATION:  Public Agency Training Council Training Center - 5235 Decatur Blvd, Indianapolis, IN  46241

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn - Indianapolis, IN  317-856-6200
$95 Double or Single
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $495.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Lt. Mark Lowther (Ret.)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.


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Course Objectives

Introduction/Orientation: This opening block of instruction includes instructor and class self-introductions and an overview of the class curriculum, historical context of negotiations, provided materials and suggested readings. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture format.

Required/Suggested Equipment: This block of instruction is intended to make the student aware of the required equipment that is necessary on any hostage or barricaded response. It will also serve to alert commanders of what equipment is available. The equipment presented includes the hostage phone (demonstrated in Phase 2 0/ P.A. c. T training), response vehicles, ballistic equipment, identifying raid jacketslhats, fiber optic cameras and listening devices, department radio tactical channels, amongst others. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture and power point format.

Fundamentals of Hostage Negotiation: Students will receive general theoretical concepts on hostage negotlatlOns that include the three different types of response incidents, the reason law enforcement agencies negotiate, emotion verses rationality, managing an incident, profiles of hostage-takers and hostages, negotiator selection, time management; amongst others. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture and power point and video format.

Active Listening: Students will receive information on listening techniques used in hostage or crisis negotiations. They will understand the basic concepts of actively listening and restating or paraphrasing what they heard in their own words, confirming that they heard and understood the message being stated. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture and power point and video format.

Legal Issues: This block of instruction will give the student an understanding of the various court cases that have laid the legal foundation for hostage negotiations in the United States. Precedent setting cases, such as Downs verses the United States (1971), U.S. verses Crosby (1983), N.Y. verses Quarles (1984), and others, will be discussed in giving awareness and avoiding civil liability issues. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture and power point format.

Tactical Communications: This block of instruction will assist the student in developing rapport-building strategies by examining the five-core principles of managing emotion. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture and power point format.

Special Responses: The block of instruction will serve to give the student an awareness of response protocols within special environments, such as in airports or on waterborne vessels. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Tactical Teams: This block of instruction will address the role of tactical teams in a hostage situation response. It will examine the interagency cooperation that is required between tactical teams, negotiators and incident commanders. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Case Study: This block of study will examine an actual hostage situation that occurred in Williamsburg Brooklyn with indebt analysis and lessons learned. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Class Exercise: Students will participate in a class exercise in the viewing of an interactive video of a hostage simulation. This video has several possible outcomes based on student's responses. This is the first student introduction of how an actual hostage negotiation might play out. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture and video format.

Negotiating With Inadequate Personalities: This component of the training addresses the psychological aspects of crisis negotiation. It will address irrational and inappropriate behavior and will give an overview ofthe differing personality disorders and mental illnesses that negotiators are most likely to come in contact with. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Law Enforcement Response: This block of instruction will teach strategic approaches when responding to incidents involving law enforcement officers. It will include instruction on the proper use of utilizing supervisors or colleagues as third party intermediaries (TPI's), maintaining agency protocols, dynamics of compounded inner-turmoil, amongst others. It will include a case study that will demonstrate lessons learned and speak to issues revolving around police suicide. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Corrections: This block of instruction will address the specialized response within a correctional environment focusing on advantages and disadvantages from a patrol perspective. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Special Groups: This component of the training addresses strategies when responding to incidents involving special populations, such as, veterans and the elderly. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Case Study: This block of study will examine an actual hostage situation that occurred in Jamaica Queens with indebt analysis and lessons learned. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Managing Demands: This block of instruction will examine strategies of managing hostage-taker demands and demands that are never negotiable in any hostage situation. The student will be presented with various tactics to soften demands or reframe them. This block will also explore working through hostage-taker deadlines. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.

Stress Management: The student will be made to understand the effects of stress on the hostage-taker, the hostages and the negotiator and develop strategies in stress management. They will explore the correlation between stress and performance (Yerkes-Dodson Principle) and become aware of the consequences of not managing stress appropriately. This portion of the training will be presented in lecture, power point and video format.


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