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This 40 hour class is designed for deputies, officers, dispatchers or first line supervisors dealing with a potential hostage or barricade situations. The class will provide students with a foundation for the practical application of techniques used to manage critical incidents involving hostage-takers, barricaded or suicidal subjects. Using both case studies and practical exercises the topics to be covered include:     

History of Crisis/Hostage Negotiations  

Philosophy and Fundamentals of Crisis/Hostage Negotiations  

Active Listening Skills  

Incident/Threat Assessment  

Negotiation Position Papers  

Crisis and Suicide Intervention  

Legal Issues  

Negotiation Team Protocol  

Tactical Role of Negotiators  

Third Party Intermediaries  

Abnormal Psychology for Negotiators  

Negotiations Operations Center (NOC) Protocol  

Negotiator Stress



Derek Gaunt is a respected hostage negotiator and trainer in Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with many years of experience in managing hostage-barricade incidents, training new negotiators and helping law enforcement agencies establish negotiating capabilities. He is currently a lieutenant with the Alexandria Police Department. 

Derek is a 22-year law enforcement veteran who has been assigned to the Hostage Negotiations Team for the past 14 years.  He has held the position of negotiator, team leader and is currently the team commander.  Since being assigned to the team, he has negotiated or supervised the negotiations of over 40 incidents involving hostage-takers, lone barricades and suicidal individuals.  Derek is also the commander of the Alexandria Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons section, overseeing the investigation of various criminal matters ranging from homicide to child abuse.

Derek completed the FBI’s National Crisis Negotiators Course in 2005.  He is the developer and lead instructor at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy’s Introduction to Hostage/Crisis Negotiations Course.

In addition, Derek founded the Metropolitan Area Crisis Negotiators Association (MACNA).  MACNA is an association of crisis/hostage negotiators from around the Washington Metropolitan area who met several times a year for the purpose of networking, training and exchanging information relative to the discipline of hostage/crisis negotiations.  MACNA is now a sub-group of the National Capital Region SWAT Working group of the Washington area Council of Governments.  

Derek is also an adjunct instructor for the Goethe Business School, at Frankfurt University, Frankfurt Germany.  There he teaches financial industry leaders how to apply hostage negotiations principles to business negotiations.

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