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Title: Officer's Worst Nightmare: Lessons Learned from Being Taken Hostage
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:78  Issue:7  Dated:July 2009  Pages:14-19
Author(s): Tom Hausner
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 6
Type: Training
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Valuable lessons of being taken hostage are offered to law enforcement officers through the personal experience of one deputy.
Abstract: After responding to a call concerning a domestic dispute in a rural area, a deputy was taken hostage. A review of the incident revealed some negative and positive elements. The officer had made some mistakes but also made some excellent decisions once taken hostage which contributed to the positive outcome of the situation. These positive elements included a tactical and survival mind-set and solid negotiation skills. This article presents both elements as a way to help other law enforcement officers who may encounter such a situation in the future, and to learn from such incidents. The narrative details a true account of one deputy's experience of being taken hostage. 5 endnotes
Main Term(s): Hostage survival
Index Term(s): Hostage negotiations; Police hostage negotiations training; Police safety; Police safety techniques
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