Sgt. Santos has been a law enforcement officer for 20 years, with over 15 years experience as a Narcotics Detective. He has extensive experience working with the Drug Enforcement Administration conducting electronic surveillance investigations in to the Drug Trafficking Organizations. Shaun is currently assigned to the DEA’s Financial Investigations Team (FIT), anti-money laundering group, responsible for conducting large international money laundering investigations. He has experience with foreign and domestic money pick-ups, international bank wire transfers, familiarity with Black Market Peso Exchange, and Attorney General Exempt Operations (AGEO), allowing for the laundering of drug proceeds in furtherance of narcotics investigations.
Shaun has received his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA; Masters Degree from Anna Maria College; and Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.
Dr. Andy Young has been a Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Lubbock Christian University since 1996 and a negotiator and psychological consultant with the Lubbock Police Department’s SWAT team since 2000. He also heads LPD'sVictim Services Unit and is the director of the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He has been on the negotiating team at the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office since 2008, and is on the team at the Texas Departmentof Public Safety (Texas Rangers, Special Operations, Region 5). He is the author of, "Fight or Flight: Negotiating Crisis on the Frontline" and "When Every Word Counts: An Insider’s View of Crisis Negotiations", which contain mostly stories about his work as a crisis counselor and hostage negotiator at LPD (see www.DrAndyYoung.com). He was added as a third author for the 6th Edition of "Crisis Negotiations: Managing Critical Incidents and Hostage Situations in Law Enforcement and Corrections". Since 2014 he has spoken nationally and internationally at numerous hostage negotiator conferences, as well as other professional and academic conferences on crisis intervention and hostage negotiating.
Brandon Pierpoint is a retired Sergeant with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office and served his community for over twenty years. Brandon attended Baylor University and South Plains College, where he received an Associates Degree in Law enforcement Technology.
Since the start of his career in law enforcement Brandon has served invarious capacities, such as the jail division, court division and the patrol division. Within the jail division, Brandon was a member of the Detention Response Team, and support services. Brandon served in courtroom security for high profile trials and was soon transferred to the patrol division. Brandon would then be promoted to the criminal investigations division where he spent the last half of his career.
Brandon became involved in hostage negotiations in 2003 and was the Team Leader of the SWAT Negotiations Team. In 2002 Brandon was honored with the Life saving Award for preventing an in-custody suicide attempt.
Brandon is a TCOLE instructor, Mental Health Peace Officer, Firearms Instructor, and holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate. In 2007, Brandon was appointed as the new region six director of training and was elected as President of the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators in 2015. Brandon served as an advisor on the board of directors until 2021.
Brandon has had the honor of presenting at multiple conferences including the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators, California Association of Hostage Negotiators, Western States Hostage Negotiators Association, National Tactical Officers Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police