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NCJ Number: 77876 Find in a Library
Title: Practical Overview of Hostage Negotiations (Part 1)
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:50  Issue:6  Dated:(June 1981)  Pages:2-6
Author(s): G W Fuselier
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article outlines responses available to law enforcement personnel in hostage situations, aspects of hostage negotiations, types of hostage takers, and strategies for negotiating with each type.
Abstract: In outlining law enforcement responses, ranging from negotiations to the use of a special weapons and tactics assault (SWAT), the article suggests that law enforcement personnel should always progress from an earlier to a later response. Strategies are given for negotiating with mentally disturbed persons, criminals trapped during the commission of a crime, prisoners in revolt, and terrorists. These strategies include the use of understanding and acceptance in dealing with mentally disturbed hostage takers with inadequate personalities, the use of rapid police action in dealing with prisoners, and efforts to maintain hostage safety in negotiating with terrorists. Elements of the Stockholm syndrome in which hostages begin to have positive feelings toward their captors are discussed, and suggestions for developing the positive aspects of the syndrome to promote hostage safety are given. For example, the hostage taker can be made to interact with the hostages in a positive way by gathering the names of the hostages or information concerning their medical condition. Five references are given.
Index Term(s): Hostage syndromes; Hostage takers; Hostages; Police hostage-negotiation units; Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT); Terrorist profiles
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