Corporal Duane Boynton is currently a 30+ year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department. He started his career with the Vancouver Police Department in 1989 at the age of 21. Corporal Boynton has served in a variety of assignments during his career to include the Bicycle Unit, Traffic Unit, a detective in the Neighborhood Response Team, Neighborhood Police Officer, and a Background Investigator. He is currently assigned to the Professional Standards Unit (Internal Affairs) 2016-Present. Corporal Boynton has the collateral assignments of Field Training Officer, Press Information Officer, and Crisis Negotiation Team Leader.
He was selected to the Crisis Negotiation Team in 2000 and later assumed the Team Leader role in 2010. He currently oversees a team of twelve members (five Clark County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, five Vancouver Police Officers, and two Mental Health Professionals). Their regional team responds to 40-50 crisis situations a year. Their team trains together once a month for ten hours on a variety of different training topics.
Corporal Boynton has responded to hundreds of critical incidents over the years, gathering perspective and experiences in various roles associated with the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT). Corporal Boynton is routinely contacted by patrol supervisors during crisis situations for advice and guidance.
Corporal Boynton has received numerous Departmental Commendations, several Meritorious Service Awards, Medal of Distinction, Team Commendation Medal, and a Special Service Award.
In 2009 Corporal Boynton received the City of Vancouver “Spirit of Vancouver” award. This yearly award is presented to a City employee who has demonstrated the core values and mission in their daily work for the City of Vancouver.
Corporal Boynton has presented throughout the country, as well as internationally, on Hostage/Crisis Negotiation. This includes presenting at NTOA, CAHN, WSHNA, as well as various law enforcement agencies around the country. Corporal Boynton has also presented at the FBI Basic Hostage Negotiation course for the Northwest Region.
When Corporal Boynton is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family to include his first grandchild, Elena. Corporal Boynton also enjoys “glamping” in the family travel trailer and traveling around the Pacific Northwest looking for new adventure destinations to enjoy during retirement.