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NCJ Number: 76452 Find in a Library
Title: Hostage-incident Response - Training Key no 234 (From Clandestine Tactics and Technology - A Technical and Background Intelligence Data Service, Volume 2 - See NCJ-77150)
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The types of offenders likely to take and hold hostages are briefly described, and police officer response tactics are summarized in this training pamphlet which includes a question and answer section.
Abstract: Four types of perpetrators can be expected to take hostages. Political terrorists representing a wide variety of groups hold hostages in order to disrupt, ovethrow, or pressure governments. Escaping felons take hostages to ensure their safety and freedom. Jail and prison inmates take hostages during riots, and mentally deranged persons are taking family members hostage with increasing frequency. Parole officers are responsible for assessing the hostage situation upon reaching the scene, for taking initial action, and for gathering information. If the perpetrators have not gained control of the crime scene and the hostages, the officers should consider immediate intervention. If intervention cannot be considered, officers should gather information on the location, suspects, and hostages. The area should be evacuated, and the police should use modern equipment to monitor the situation from a safe distance. Trained negotiators should be used to mediate with the perpetrators. A discussion guide, questions and answers, and two suggested readings are provided.
Index Term(s): Hostage syndromes; Hostages; Kidnapping; Police hostage-negotiation units
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