Project Description


The third in a series of three progressive courses, Crisis Hostage Negotiation – Level III (Advanced) prepares you for the most complex and challenging aspects of crisis negotiation – leading crisis negotiation teams and managing crisis incidents. We will take you from policy development, to recruiting, selecting, and training crisis negotiator teams, to media management, and managing legal risk.

We will start out with an in-depth look at policy development for crisis negotiation teams and addressing a number of issues including responsibilities, procedures, training, and critical liabilities related to policy.  Selecting the right personnel to serve on a negotiation team may be the most important decision a team makes; we will discuss the core competencies of effective crisis negotiators and methods for their selection.

Negotiating a crisis incident involving a fellow officer is among the most complex threats facing a law enforcement agency – you will learn about police socialization and the evolution of a crisis including pre-incident indicators and high risk factors.

We will select a contemporary issue for presentation, highlighting the most current trends, technology and techniques.

In a continued discussion of abnormal psychology, you will learn how to recognize Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder and techniques for negotiating with a PTSD-effected subject, specifically as it relates to combat veterans in crisis.

In keeping with the advanced nature of this course, students will plan, facilitate, and evaluate a culminating scenario-driven practical exercise. Student performance will be carefully evaluated and in-depth feedback will be provided during a comprehensive after-action debriefing.

Students will also participate as a member of a small group responsible for developing and presenting projects in one of five topic areas:  Case study preparation, team selection, training facilitation, scenario writing or policy development.


Pre-incident Planning for Team Leaders
Recruiting, Selecting, and Training Crisis Negotiator Teams
Planning, Facilitating, and Evaluating Scenario-driven Training
Media Management
Negotiating with the Fellow Officer
Contemporary Issues in Crisis Negotiation
Legal Update
Negotiating with Returning Veterans


You must be a sworn member of law enforcement or corrections, a non-law enforcement member of a crisis negotiation team, or a mental health professional or a clergy member supporting law enforcement activities, to attend this course. Students attending must have successfully completed both Crisis Hostage Negotiations – Level I (Basic) course, or its 40-hour equivalent, and a Crisis Hostage Negotiations – Level II (Intermediate) course or its 40-hour equivalent, prior to attending this course. This course is not open to students with no prior negotiation training. Requests for exceptions for Level I and Level II equivalents must be submitted and approved by the course director.

NOTE: This course is trained in accordance with guidelines established by the National Council of Negotiation Associations.

(CEH: 10-hours Technical Skill; 8-hours Interpersonal Perspectives; 1-hour Legal Studies & 21-hours Skill Development)